Men’s basketball wins 70-61 in overtime over Oklahoma Christian to open von Rosenberg era - LINK
WICHITA, Kan.– The Texas A&M University-Commerce men's basketball team won a 70-61 contest in overtime against Oklahoma Christian on Friday. It was an evenly matched affair until the Lions outscored OCU 14-5 in the overtime period. The game was part of a tournament hosted by Newman University.
The win brings the Lions to 1-0 on the season, giving head coach Jaret von Rosenberg his first career head coaching win at. The Eagles fall to 0-1 on the season.
The Lions continue their opening schedule facing the host school, Newman, in a contest on Saturday at 4 p.m. The game will be played at Fugate Gymnasium in Wichita, Kan.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Willie Rooks led the Lions with 15 points. He scored nine of his points from the free throw line.
- Dorian Armstrong recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
- Daquane Willford had 13 points and five rebounds. Trey Conrod also had 13 points.
- Reggie Reid had 12 points as the Lions had five players in double figures.
- A&M-Commerce shot 37 percent from the field but shot well from the charity stripe, making 21-of-26 free throws.
- The Lions outscored the Falcons 14-5 in the overtime period.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Lions started off the game well, jumping out to a quick 12-4 lead with 12:45 still to play in the first half. Willford had two layups in the rally. The Lions led 16-7 midway through the half.
OCU then rallied, cutting the Lion lead down to just two points on a quick 5-0 run. Rooks scored two from the foul line and had a layup as the Lions again built their lead to eight points with five minutes to play in the half. OCU answered back with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just one late in the half. A&M-Commerce held a 29-27 lead at halftime.
Rooks had eight points in the first half while Willford and Armstrong both had six points. The Lions shot 33 percent from the field in the half but had eight offensive rebounds to help their cause.
OCU took the lead early in the second half as the teams battled back and forth. OCU had a six-point run to take a lead before a fast-break three from Reid brought the OCU lead down to just one. Rooks and Reid continued to get to the free throw line as the Lions regained the lead at the halfway point of the half.
The lead changed hands multiple times in the final five minutes of the game as neither team wanted to go quietly. After a two-minute scoring drought by both teams, the Lions scored a layup to go up three points. The Eagles then scored six in a row to score take a three-point lead of their own.
Trailing by two points late, the Lions needed a score to tie the game. Armstrong found Conrod for a layup with 22 seconds left to tie the game. A last-second shot from OCU was off the mark and the game went into overtime.
The Lions had two quick layups to start the overtime period on a 4-0 run. After a three from OCU, the Lions then took control of the game, scoring eight unanswered points. Conrod had a dunk and a layup on a fast break to seal the win as the Lions won 70-61.
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