In a game that featured 10 lead changes and one tie, a Cameron Ande runner in the lane as time expired rattled off the rim, giving Lovejoy a 47-45 win over Harrisburg Monday night in the opener of the Murphysboro-Trico Tournament.
Harrisburg led by as many as nine points, taking a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and going into the locker room up 26-25.
Lovejoy led six times in the third quarter, but Michael Godsey knocked down a top of the key 3-pointer, giving Harrisburg a 37-35 advantage going into the final eight minutes.
Harrisburg turnovers, coupled with a 2-for-7 shooting from free throw line proved to be too much for the Bulldogs.
"One of my main concerns coming over here was this was our first game and Lovejoy's fifth," Harrisburg head coach Randy Smithpeters said. "I think that's a lot of what we saw. It's not an excuse, because we also talked about not making mistakes. We had nine turnovers in the first half and I'm not sure what for the game, but far too many. We shot very poorly from the floor and from the free throw line."
Harrisburg went 11-for-21 from the line in the game and five straight in the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Godsey's 13 points, while Nathan Lawrence also finished in double figures with 10 points.
Myles Crank just missed out on double figure scoring, netting nine for Harrisburg, while Ande scored seven, Chris Allen finished with four points and Ross Rider had two points.
Lovejoy put two players in double figures as well as Shantez Holliday had a game-high 15 points and Michael McCallum tossed in 13 points.
Harrisburg will return to the Murphysboro-Trico Tournament Wednesday night, taking on Chester at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, Harrisburg will play Murphysboro at 7 p.m. and will conclude the tournament on Saturday.
Spyder Dann covers prep and college sports for the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group. Follow him on Twitter: @spydieshooter.