MOORHEAD — A second chance was all Kaedrick Williams needed Saturday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The Minnesota State Moorhead junior tipped in his own miss with one second remaining to lift the Dragons to an 80-78 victory against St. Cloud State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball before 876 fans.

"It rolled out and I just jumped back up and got it," said Williams, who finished with 18 points and six rebounds. "He didn't box me out."

The Dragons (12-8, 8-6 NSIC) bounced back from a 77-70 loss against Minnesota-Duluth on Friday night and have won three of their past four games.

"(Friday) night was tough," Williams said. "That's just how the cookie crumbles sometimes so we just wanted to get this one."

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St. Cloud State took a 78-72 lead after freshman guard Anthony Roberts scored a transition layup with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining. The Dragons countered with the game's final eight points to rally for the victory.

Dragons junior Joe Sevlie started the late surge with back-to-back baskets in the paint. Senior guard Johnny Beeninga added a reverse layup that tied the score at 78-78 with 57 seconds remaining. The 6-foot-8 Sevlie finished with 10 points and six rebounds off the bench.

"Quite frankly, I thought St. Cloud outplayed us for most of the game," Walthall said. "Sometimes, when you play very well for five minutes you can get into the game or even get ahead."

The Dragons held St. Cloud State scoreless in the final three minutes. They switched to a zone defense late in the second half after having a difficult time guarding the Huskies with man-to-man defense.

"That seemed to change their pace a little bit," Walthall said of using a zone defense. "We just weren't stopping them and they were having their way with us offensively."

The Huskies shot 63% (17 of 27) in the first half to build a 43-39 halftime lead. St. Cloud State extended that lead to 61-50 after senior guard Trevon Marshall drained a 3-pointer with 13:53 to play in the second half. Marshall paced the Huskies with 25 points.

The Dragons countered with a 12-4 run to claw back into the game. Sophomore forward Wyatt Hanson sparked that rally with nine points, including a 3-pointer from the wing. Sophomore guard Gavin Baumgartner capped that surge with a foul shot that cut the St. Cloud State lead to 65-62 with 9:12 remaining.

Moments later, Baumgartner drained back-to-back 3-pointers. The second one gave the Dragons a 68-67 lead with 7:29 remaining. Baumgartner finished with a team-high 25 points and helped set the stage for Williams' late heroics.

"We just meshed together, that was the main thing," Williams said. "We all connected. We were all on the same page and we were able to get it done."

St. Cloud State shot 40% (12 of 30) from the field in the second half, while the Dragons shot 49% (17 of 35) from the floor over the final 20 minutes.

"I think we've won our share of close games, which is important," Walthall said. "Our guys executed really well down the stretch."

SCSU (10-10, 7-7 NSIC): Ehrnvall 0-2 0-0 0, Marshall 9-17 5-6 25, Donaldson 5-11 2-2 14, Roberts 8-12 2-4 19, Trytyshnik 2-8 2-3 8, Onwuka 3-4 0-1 7, Mussman 2-3 0-0 5, Schuemer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 11-16 78.

MSUM (12-8, 8-6): Rusch 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmer 4-4 1-2 9, Beeninga 3-6 2-2 9, Baumgartner 8-17 3-4 25, Williams 6-12 4-4 18, Irsfeld 0-5 0-0 0, Sevlie 5-8 0-0 10, Hanson 4-7 0-0 9, Bergh 0-1 0-0 0, Rund 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 10-12 80.

Half: SCSU 43, MSUM 39. 3-point goals: SCSU 9-19 (Ehrnvall 0-2, Marshall 2-4, Donaldson 2-4, Roberts 1-1, Trytyshnik 2-6, Onwuka 1-1), MSUM 10-21 (Beeninga 1-1, Baumgartner 6-10, Williams 2-3, Irsfeld 0-3, Sevlie 0-1, Hanson 1-2, Rund 0-1). Total fouls: SCSU 16, MSUM 14. Rebounds: SCSU 28 (Roberts 8), MSUM 34 (Zimmer 10). Assists: SCSU 8 (Marshall 7), MSUM 12 (Beeninga 4). Turnovers: SCSU 9, MSUM 10.