Now up one, the Hornets had to make one more stand. Proctor got two shots in those final seconds, but they both went off the rim, and F-M had done it.
"It was a hard-fought game," said Small. "We played well as a team, and we just happened to come out on top."
Jackson led Proctor with 16 points, while Brown had 15 points, Preaster gained 14 points, and Tarver got 10 points.
What made this effort even more remarkable was the fact that, less than 24 hours earlier, the Hornets had waged a fierce battle at Liverpool and needed every bit of its effort to subdue the Warriors 37-31.
Both sides played superb defense all night, as F-M trudged its way to a 25-19 halftime lead, then overcame its own drought by holding Liverpool to a scant two points in the third quarter.
For the night, Small had 12 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Alex Mueller gained nine points and Lee added eight points. Liverpool hit just nine field goals all night.
At 11-4 on the season after the Proctor upset, F-M gets another chance at a high-profile win at home when Henninger (14-1, no. 10 in the state AA rankings) shows up Friday night.