Men's basketball dominates OT to top EMU

Reggie Davis watches a free throw fly through the air.

Harrisonburg, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's 17th-ranked men's basketball team survived a late flurry from Eastern Mennonite to earn a 78-66 overtime victory and remain tied for first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

Lynchburg led by nine with 4:18 left in regulation, but the Royals chipped away late, and Travis Clower's 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into OT.

The Hornets dominated the extra period, however, holding their hosts to just three points and going 5-for-5 from the field in the deciding stanza. It was Lynchburg's first overtime test of the 2018-19 season and extended the Hornets' win streak to 10 games.

The bench did some heavy lifting for the Hornets, contributing 36 points to the visitors' cause.

Sophomore forward Reggie Davis (Greensboro, N.C.) and freshman wing Cole Meadows (Pearisburg, Va.) accounted for much of that, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively. Meadows added seven rebounds.

Senior wing Austin Wrighten (Woodbridge, Va.) led the Hornets with 20 points, including an 8-for-8 mark at the free throw stripe, to go with seven rebounds.

Senior forward Connor Schroeder (Blacksburg, Va.) collected 12 rebounds to go with his seven points, and senior guard Devante' Young (Charlotte, N.C.) chipped in eight points and five assists.

Sammy Thomas led the way for EMU with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: No. 17 Lynchburg 78, Eastern Mennonite 66 (OT)

Records: No. 17 Lynchburg (17-1, 8-1 ODAC), Eastern Mennonite (9-9, 4-5 ODAC)

Venue: Yoder Arena, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The teams traded baskets for much of the first half with neither able to lead by more than four points in the game's first 13 minutes. That changed when Meadows' layup at the 7:10 mark sparked an 8-0 Hornets run.

  • The Royals countered with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 23. Davis hit a 3 with 43 seconds left in the half to send Lynchburg into halftime with a 28-25 advantage.

  • EMU scored the first six points of the second half, but Lynchburg responded with back-to-back 3s by junior forward Cody Lang (Madison Heights, Va.) and junior guard Chance Greene (Creedmoor, N.C.) to lead, 41-39, with 13:38 to play.

  • The Royals retook the lead 4 minutes later, but after a timeout, Davis scored a layup at the 9-minute mark. The Hornets would hold the lead, growing it to nine at one point, until the final minute of the game.

  • EMU's Travis Clower hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 63, sending it into overtime.

  • Lynchburg dialed in for the overtime period, going 5-for-5 from the field and playing bulletproof defense to clamp down the victory. Davis' reverse slam dunk put an exclamation point on the game in the waning seconds.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will return home Wednesday, Jan. 23 to play host to ODAC rival Guilford. The Quakers handed the Hornets their first loss of 2018-19, 82-78, Dec. 5.

--LYN--

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