BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's basketball team pulled out a tough comeback win over D'Youville Wednesday at the KOA Arena, 81-79.
But the officials gathered and determined the shot was late and thus would be ruled a shot clock violation, keeping the game at 79-79.
Protesting the overruling, D'Youville's bench received a technical foul, giving Pitt-Bradford a chance to take the lead with a pair of free throws.
Kelly-Perkins, needing 22 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his collegiate career, sank a three-ball 10 minutes into the second half to reach the milestone.
He wasn't done there.
The senior went on to score nine more and eventually drop a game-best 31 points, tying his career-high set earlier this season on Jan. 3 at Penn State-Altoona.
D'Youville controlled the lead for much of the first half and eventually took a 48-38 lead into halftime.
With offensive sparks from Sahlil Harris and Kelly-Perkins, the Panthers climbed back in the second half.
A 9-2 Pitt-Bradford run capped by Kelly-Perkins' milestone three-pointer brought the Panthers to within two points, 61-59, halfway through the second half.
He laid it up and took hard contact, converting the hoop-and-the-harm to give the Panthers a 66-65 lead while setting off the KOA Arena crowd.
The two teams traded the lead, back-and-forth, into the closing minutes of the game.
With D'Youville up 76-77 with 44 seconds left in regulation, the Spartans missed a pair at the free-throw line to give the Panthers a chance to tie.
Kelly-Perkins drove to the hoop and once again gave the Panthers a timely bucket, tying the game at 79-79 with 36 seconds left.
Driving down to take the lead, D'Youville laid one up but Harris tracked him and came up from behind, swatting the shot attempt away and preserving the tie.
After the shot clock violation and the made technical free-throws by Kelly-Perkins, the Panthers held on for the 81-79 victory.
In addition to Kelly-Perkins' scoring output, Harris dropped 17 points himself while Dylan Niedermeyer scored 15 and Mitchell dropped 12.
For Niedermeyer, all 15 of his points came in the first half, while 12 of Harris' 17 points came in the second and 10 of Mitchell's 12 points also came in the second half.
Pitt-Bradford took care of the ball in the victory, surrendering just nine turnovers while forcing 19 Spartan turnovers.
The Panthers grabbed nine steals led by four from Harris.
The game was a shootout, with both teams shooting at a high percentage. D'Youville shot 50.8 percent from the floor (30-59) while the Panthers shot 44.3 percent (31-70).
Reggie Rogers grabbed the most rebounds for the Panthers with seven. Harris and Niedermeyer were close behind with six boards apiece.
Up next, the Panthers will look to win their second-straight as they head to Mount Aloysius Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff.