MEN'S BASKETBALL: Move to 10-1 With Two Overtime Win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – NAIA No. 7 Trevecca (10-1, 2-0) defeated preseason conference favorite Crichton College (7-6, 2-1) in two overtimes 109-106. Josh Helton scored 34 points while Collins Onyando (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Brian Oduor (22 points, 10 rebounds) had double-doubles. The Trojans had two players (Onyando and Rick James) foul out in regulations. Oduor fouled out in the first overtime.
Trevecca led 6-5 when Crichton outscored the Trojans 23-4 to take a 28-10 lead with 11:18 to go in the first half. Trevecca bounced back with a run of their own. Trevecca outscored Crichton 18-7 to close the lead down to just seven points at 35-28 at the 6:10 mark. Crichton finished the half with a 13-8 run that gave them a 12-point (48-36) lead at the break.
Trevecca started the second half with a 9-0 run that closed the Comets lead to just three points at 48-45. After a Crichton basket Trevecca scored four straight to close the gap to just one point at 50-49 at the 15:49 mark. Trevecca then tied the game at 54 with 14:33 to play. Trevecca would take their first lead of the second half at 56-54 at the 12:58 mark. With eight minutes to play the teams were tied at 71. Trevecca went on a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the game to that point at 77-71 with 5:36 to play. Trevecca lead 81-75 with 2:36 to play when Crichton tied the game at 81. Trevecca got a three-point play with a bucket and foul shot, but Crichton sent it to overtime with a three-pointer.
In overtime neither team could get on track until Crichton took a 91-88 lead with 1:10 to play. Trevecca closed it to 91-90 and then took the lead 93-91 with 12.6 to go in overtime on three-pointer by Josh Helton. Stanley Brownlee was fouled as time expired and hit a pair free throws to send the game to a second overtime.
Trevecca opened up a 99-95 lead with 3:06 to go in the second overtime. Crichton closed the gap and tied the game at 99 with 2:14 to in the period. Crichton pulled ahead 106-104 with 32 seconds to play. Helton hit his fifth three-pointer of the game to put Trevecca up 107-106. Marcos Salvi sealed the win with a pair of free throws.
Trevecca will host Union University (7-5, 1-1) for their home conference opener on January 10 at 8 p.m.