Hurrell scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half and the Tigers held on to beat the Southern Fulton Indians 65-62 in a Sideling Hill League/Inter-County Conference matchup at Fannett-Metal High School.
Averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds, Hurrell upped his shooting percentage against the Indians, connecting on 8 of 19 shots from the field. He also had six assists in about 30 minutes.
"As a senior, I know that coach expects me to step up when my team needs me, and tonight I was able to do that," Hurrell said. "My teammates definitely helped with the win as well - it was by no means all my doings."
The Tigers, who committed just 16 turnovers and shot 45.8 percent from the field, also got 13 points from Bryce Chilcote as five players reached double digits. Walker Bannister added 12, Ben Metcalfe came off the bench for 11 and Trevor Reisinger finished with 10.
Fannett-Metal coach Greg Best said, "Boy, five guys in double figures - that's what it takes to beat another quality team. Southern Fulton has a great team, and I knew they would make a late run. They made that run, but it seemed like every time we needed a bucket, Jordan Hurrell hit an off-balance shot or was able to get to the free-throw line."
Nick Smartt scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Indians, who lost for the fifth time in their last eight games. Jordan Clingerman and Brayden
"We lost this game in the third quarter with our execution both offensively and defensively," Southern Fulton coach Kent Hendershot said. "They outplayed us and we just kind of went into a funk. Then, we fought uphill the entire fourth quarter and they won the game."
Smartt led the Indians (5-5, 3-4 SHL, 4-2 ICC) to a 28-27 halftime lead with 14 points, including four baskets from beyond the arc. But the Tigers opened the second half with an 8-0 run and extended their lead to 51-41 after three periods on Hurrell's driving layup at the buzzer.
Best said, "We talked at halftime and I told the kids that we had to make a run to start the third quarter. We needed to put them on their heels and we came out and did just that."
Southern Fulton, which trailed by 13 early in the fourth quarter, made it a game by scoring 17 of the next 26 points to close to 60-58 on a putback by Clingerman with 1:37 remaining. After Hurrell hit a fade-away jumper to put Fannett-Metal on top 62-58, Clingerman and Smartt made four consecutive foul shots, tying the game with 52 seconds left.
Hurrell put the Tigers (9-4, 5-3 SHL, 6-1 ICC) back in control with a free throw, then grabbed a key defensive rebound on Smartt's missed jumper and found Bannister at the other end for a wide-open layup.
Down 65-62, the Indians missed a chance to tie the game when Smartt's desperation 3-pointer fell short.
Best said, "This is a huge win for our program. We struggled earlier in the week, but we talked about being at home and taking advantage of that situation - you have to win your home games. Right now, we're taking it one game at a time."
Southern Fulton, which scored at least 60 points for the eighth time, hit 7-of-17 long-range shots, but managed to shoot just 34.9 percent overall. The Tribe also committed 13 costly turnovers leading to 18 Fannett-Metal points.
Reisinger pulled down nine rebounds as the Tigers finished with a 31-30 edge on the boards.
Best wasn't surprised by the defensive performance.
"I think this was one of the best defensive games we've played all year. Smartt still got his points, even though we keyed on him, but it seemed like we were able to force more turnovers than we have recently. And then we took advantage of them."
Southern Fulton 62
Nick Smartt 8-17 4-5 25, Jordan Clingerman 4-5 4-5 12, Brayden Litton 6-14 0-1 12, Alex Seburn 2-10 0-0 6, Jake Ashkettle 1-5 3-4 5, Brady Golden 1-6 0-0 2, Connor Litton 0-3 0-0 0, Noah Smartt 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-63 11-15 62.
Jordan Hurrell 8-19 2-4 19, Bryce Chilcote 5-7 3-6 13, Walker Bannister 4-9 4-5 12, Ben Metcalfe 2-6 7-7 11, Trevor Reisinger 3-7 4-7 10, Dylan Bradley 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Snyder 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-48 20-29 65.
Southern Fulton 10 18 13 21 - 62
Fannett-Metal 7 20 24 14 - 65
3-point shots - SF 7-17 (Ni.Smartt 5, Seburn 2); FM 1-7 (Hurrell). Shooting - SF 34.9%; FM 45.8%. Rebounds - SF 30 (Clingerman 7); FM 31 (Reisinger 9). Assists - SF 17 (Ni.Smartt 4); FM 13 (Hurrell 6). Steals - SF 8 (Ashkettle 2); FM 6 (Chilcote 2). Blocked shots - SF 3 (Clingerman 2); FM 2 (Bannister, Chilcote). Turnovers - SF 13; FM 16. Fouls - SF 22; FM 18.
JV: Southern Fulton 53, Fannett-Metal 36. Zack Clark led the Indians with 14 points; Dylan Bradley scored 14 for the Tigers.
Next game: SF: Tuesday, at home vs. Northern Bedford, 7:30 F-M: Monday, at Southern Huntingdon, 7:30.