- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) - LaDarrien Williams scored 16 points and Harrison Hawkins had 15 to lead Abilene Christian past South Carolina State 65-59 in the Las Vegas Classic on Monday.

Williams and Hawkins each scored 11 in the second half.

Abilene Christian (5-6) extended to 57-51 with 2:17 left on Parker Wentz’s 3-pointer and LaDarrien Williams’ jumper. Darryl Palmer got SC State (4-9) back within three, but Abilene Christian made 5 of 7 foul shots in the final 30 seconds.

The Wildcats trailed 22-9 in the first half, rallied within seven at the break and opened the second on a 9-0 run to take the lead at 32-30.

Hawkins made a 3-pointer to tie it at 35 and assisted Williams’ 3 on the next possession the give Abilene Christian the lead for good.

Edward Stephens scored 14 points and Palmer grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.

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