WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Central State Lady Marauders outlasted the LeMoyne-Owen Magicians in double overtime, 99-94, on Saturday
With the win, the Marauders improve to 7-2 overall with a 4-0 mark in SIAC play. The Magicians drop to 3-5 on the year with a 2-2 ledger in conference play.
Entering the game on a five-game winning streak, CSU appeared in control when Sierra Harley hit from three-point range to give CSU a 28-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. Harley gave CSU a lead of 14 points at the 7:29 mark of the second quarter but LOC gradually cut into the CSU lead and trailed 37-30 by halftime.
Jaeda Davis opened the second half up with back-to-back makes from beyond the arc and the Lady Marauders built their lead back up to 13 with 3:10 remaining in the third period. LOC responded with a 13-2 run to cut the CSU lead down to 59-57 entering the fourth quarter.
The Magicians took the lead, 65-64, at the 5:09 mark with a K’Yanna Terry layup. LOC remained poised to upset CSU on its home floor, taking a 74-69 lead after a Dana Gettis fastbreak basket with 33 seconds left in regulation. Harley gave CSU new life by converting an off-balanced three-point to bring CSU with two. After LOC split a pair of free throws, CSU was awarded the ball with 7 second left. Harley found Davis who was fouled on a three-point attempt. Davis calmly knocked down all three free throws to send the game into extra time.
LOC once again built a five point lead at the 3:00 minute mark of the first extra period. CSU stormed back with baskets from Destinee Russell, Jaeda Davis and Takyra Gilbert to knot the game back up, 86-86, as the teams prepared to play another five minutes of extra time.
CSU began the second overtime period with a 7-2 run sparked by baskets from Gilbert and Russell. Gilbert put her team up, 96-89, with a three-point make from the corner with 1:08 left on the clock. LOC missed its final three shots from the field while CSU converted its final three free throws to help seal the win.
Russell set a new career high with 18 rebounds to go along with 15 points, 4 assists and 7 steals. Davis and Gilbert each finished with 22 points. Falon Edwards added 14 points and 9 rebounds while Harley came off the bench to record 12 points and 5 rebounds.
Gettis finished with a game-high 29 points to lead LOC.
CSU was outscored 42-22 in the paint but made up for it with a 32-11 edge in points scored off turnovers. CSU recorded a season-high 19 steals en route to its sixth straight victory.
The Lady Marauders will return to the hardwood next weekend at the Joe Manchin Classic in Salem, West Virginia. CSU plays Bluefield State on Saturday at noon and Salem University on Sunday at 5 pm.
Quotes – Coach Lewis Shine
“We had some areas in the game that we need to improve on but we are glad we were able to come out on top.”
“We had to work for this one. I am proud of the way our girls competed in the final overtime period.”
“The streak is not important to us. We continue to focus on our next opponenet. We will use this week to get some much needed practice sessions so that we can correct our errors and be better moving forward.”
“We have to continue to get better and prepare for our upcoming road trip in West Virginia.”
CSU leads the SIAC in scoring (80.1 ppg ), assists (16.6 apg), offensive rebounding (20.0 orpg) and steals (14.3 spg).
Destinee Russell’s previous career-high of 12 rebounds was set on Thursday night .
Sierra Harley is shooting 50% from three-point range this season (24-48).
Takyra Gilbert, a transfer from Cincinnati State Community College, is the reigning SIAC Newcomer of the Week.
Gilbert leads CSU with 17.9 ppg.
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Central State Marauders overcame a hot shooting LeMoyne-Owen team to win, 90-84, on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, CSU improves to 4-4 overall with a 3-1 ledger in SIAC play. The Magicians fall to 3-5 on the year with a 1-3 record in the conference.
In a game that was delayed due to the CSU women’s overtime victory earlier in the day as well as scheduling conflicts with the officials, the men’s game did not begin until 5:35 pm. Unfazed by the delay, the Magicians went 12-15 from the field to open the game and led 29-9 at the 13:21 mark. The key to LOC’s early success was SIAC scoring leader Reshun Ellis. Ellis hit his first six three-point attempts. While Ellis maintained his form throughout the half en route to 32 points, CSU fought hard to get back into the game. CSU went on a 8-0 run capped off by a Davone Daniels three-pointer to cut the deficit to nine. CSU later went on a 17-2 run, tying the game 49-49 with a basket from Daniels at the end of the half.
The Magicians regained momentum early in the second half as baskets from Jaquan Lawrence and Martez Briggs gave LOC a 65-57 lead at the 15:05 mark. CSU responded with back-to-back three pointers from Martin Oliver and Chris Scott and later took their first lead, 75-73, on a Sterling Gilmore make from beyond the arc with 7:48 remaining.
The Marauders built their lead up to seven when Daniels struck again from outside with 4:28 to play. Chris Scott and Frank Barber III combined to go 8-8 from the free line to help seal the CSU victory.
Scott led CSU with a season-high 28 points and 13 rebounds. Gilmore also recorded season highs with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Daniels scored 13 points and collected 9 rebounds.
After a hot start, LOC’s Ellis was held to 4 points in the second half and finished with 36 points to lead all scorers.
The Marauders will travel to Ypsilanti, Michigan to play an exhibition game against NCAA Div. I opponent Easter Michigan University next Saturday at 2 pm.
Quotes – Coach Joseph Price
“I am proud of the way our guys managed to come back from a slow start and fight their way back into the game.”
“Tonight was a total team effort in order to earn the victory. LeMoyne-Owen is a really talented team and always presents a challenge for us.”
“We made some adjustments at halftime to slow down Ellis. Our guys did a great job of executing our defensive game plan in the second half.”
“With the delayed start, we remain extremely appreciative of our fans. We believe we have some of the best fans in the conference and they stayed late and helped give us an edge tonight.”
After an 0-3 start to the season, CSU has won 4 of its last 5 games. CSU is currently on top of the SIAC West Division with a 3-1 mark in conference play.
Chris Scott, a transfer from Lakeland Community College, is the reigning SIAC Newcomer of the Week.
Scott leads CSU in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg) and shooting (53.4%). He has scored 20+ points in four games this season.
CSU is finding success while playing without All-Preseason SIAC player Dwight Richards, Jr. Richards, Jr. missed his sixth straight game on Saturday.