Leading scorer Dwayne McClendon came up clutch down the stretch. Twice in the last two minutes, he calmly sank his one-and-one free-throws. And with the scored tied at 75, he drove the basket in traffic and scored with two seconds on the clock.

The College of the Siskiyous Eagles men won a see-saw battle with Butte College Monday night at home before a full house with a 77-75 last-second win. “Best win of the year,” said COS coach Kyle Heath. “We were down 14 points in the first half.”

Leading scorer Dwayne McClendon came up clutch down the stretch. Twice in the last two minutes, he calmly sank his one-and-one free-throws. And with the scored tied at 75, he drove the basket in traffic and scored with two seconds on the clock.

The Eagles rallied back from their 14-point deficit to get within eight at halftime. They outscored the Roadrunners 42-32 in the second half, but the lead changed hands almost every possession in the waning moments.

Siskiyous sank 12 of 15 three throws, including McClendon’s four with the game on the line. He finished the night with 23 points, hit three three-pointers, and was a perfect 5-fo- 5 from the charity stripe. Butte College was only 7-of- 16 shooting free-throws, and Shakwon Lewis, a 72 percent shooter from the line, missed all three shots after being fouled shooting a trey.

Montel Willis scored 15 points, and Mount Shasta alum Kody Bauman added 12 points and a couple of shot blocks.

Kole Riccomini, a member of last year’s state finals Mount Shasta team, acquitted himself well in his return to Siskiyou County, knocking down four three-pointers and scoring 12 points for Butte.

The game ended in controversy. After McClendon’s dramatic last-second bucket, the horn sounded, and excited Eagles raced onto the court. The referees conferred and decided that .two seconds should be put back on the clock.

Butte coach Russ Critchfield wanted a technical given to COS for rushing onto the court. The officials decided that the game-ending horn had sounded, even if in error, and didn’t call the technical. Critchfield, when asked if he had a problem with the officiating, only nodded solemnly.

The Eagle win moved them to 2-2 in GVC play and ahead of the Roadrunners in league standings.  

COS faces Feather River at 5 p.m. Wednesday at home in a make-up of a Jan. 18 game canceled during the snow event, and then travel to Oroville Saturday to take on Butte again.