Mountain Lions survive 104-103 in overtime against Truett-McConnell
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College rallied from five points down in overtime and scored the game's final six points as the Mountain Lions survived Truett-McConnell College 104-103 in a men's basketball game Monday (Feb. 13) evening at the YHC Basketball Arena.
The Mountain Lions, who are 13-0 at home this season, improved to 18-4 while the Bears fell to 9-17. Young Harris hits the road for an 8 p.m. contest against Tennessee Temple University Thursday (Feb. 16) in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Young Harris, which led by as many as 16 points (67-51) early in the second half, forced the extra period when Vince Martin hit the front end of two free throws with 44 seconds remaining to tie the game at 96.
Malcolm Jackson's layup 19 seconds into overtime gave the Mountain Lions a 98-96 lead before the Bears reeled off seven unanswered points to take a 103-98 advantage with 2:48 remaining on Anthony Dorsey's three-pointer.
"It was a gutsy win," said Young Harris head coach Pete Herrmann. "We were probably counted out when we got down five points, but we battled back."
A dunk by Bryson Robertson off a nifty Steve Viterbo pass a minute later cut the lead to 103-100. The Mountain Lions got within a point at 103-102 as Viterbo and Robertson each hit one of two free throw opportunities. Young Harris took the lead as Frank Adams stole the ball and went coast-to-coast on a layup to give the Mountain Lions a 104-103 lead with 11 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Vince Martin stole the ball and was fouled. Martin had a chance to give Young Harris some insurance, but he missed both free throws with 9.3 seconds left. The Bears had one last opportunity to take the lead, but Roderick Bombard missed a layup in the final second of the game and the ball fell out of bounds as the horn sounded.
"We made a couple of big steals and grabbed some key rebounds at the end of the overtime," said Herrmann.
Jackson led five Young Harris players in double figures with 28 points while Adams scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his sixth double double of the season. Adams, a sophomore guard from Stone Mountain, Ga., became the first Mountain Lion to score 1,000 points in his career. He currently has scored 1,014 points his career. Martin tallied 21 points while Robertson (13) and Viterbo (12) also finished in double digits.
"We had five players in double figures and didn't commit a lot of turnovers," said Herrmann. "We were in a shooting match against a very talented team and we knew that going in to the game."
Bombard, who went 7-of-11 from three-point range, scored 22 of his game-high 34 points in the second half and overtime to lead the Bears. Bernard Nugent added 18 points and Anthony Dorsey contributed 16 more. Brandon Joiner finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.