OWENSBORO, Ky. — For the second time in as many nights, Southeastern has come out on the short end of an overtime decision, this time falling to Concordia by a 94-89 margin in the consolation game of the Glenn Young Invitational in Owensboro, Ky., on Saturday night.
The loss drops the Savage Storm to 4-2 on the season heading into Great American Conference play which opens Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. against Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark.
SE found itself in the same boat as it was on Friday night as Concordia tied the game with 14 seconds to play giving the Storm the final shot.
The ball would end up in the hands of Chris Roussell who would get a shot off at the buzzer but it would not fall.
“Chris gets a look at the end of regulation at a left-hander,” said head coach Kelly Green of the final play of regulation. “It’s a shot he’s made before, but it was a tough shot.”
The Clippers scored first in the extra session, but Southeastern responded with Travis Timmons hitting a jumper and drawing a foul and with the and-one would take an 87-86 lead.
The Storm would find little more success offensively after that, however, as a pair of Steven Kohli free throws would be the only answer to Concordia’s eight points which fashioned the final score of 94-89.
“We couldn’t stop them,” said Green. “Not in man and not in zone.We just didn’t have the grit to get it done,” he continued. “We have to get tougher.”
Offensively SE held its own as Mateus Oliveira turned in another strong performance, following up a 17 point performance with a 22 point outing in which he was 7-of-9 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
Roussell was right behind him with 19 points in the effort, hitting 9-of-15 from the floor and dishing out three assists.
Kohli turned in his second double-double of the year with a 15 point, 12 rebound performance, while James Harris came off the bench with 12 points, his third double-digit outing of the year.
Timmons helped pace that offense to the tune of seven assists while chipping in eight points.
Kohli’s 12 boards led the way on the glass, while Oliveira and Roussell each added six rebounds.
The Storm shot 47.2 percent from the floor, including a 58.3 percent mark in the first half, but slowed the Clippers to shot 50.7 percent for the game, including a 10-of-22 effort from three point range.
Concordia held 20-10 edge in second chance points and a 23-18 advantage in bench points, while SE led the way in points off turnovers, 17-16, as well as points in the paint, 48-42.
SE scored the first four points of the game and by the 16:52 mark had pushed the lead to 14-5 after a Kohli three pointer.
The Storm would lead for the entire first half, holding nine point leads three different times and never seeing the score get closer than two points.
A pair of Timmons free throws with three seconds left in the half would give Southeastern a 50-40 lead at the break.
The Storm would push the lead out to 12 points at the 13:37 mark on a Harris transition bucket and would still lead by 10 points at 66-56 with 9:26 remaining.
CU would hit six straight points to cut the advantage to four points and SE would answer by pushing its lead back out to seven points.
The lead was still seven points after Harris hit a three pointer with 1:38 to play to take an 83-76 lead.
An 8-1 run over the final 1:23 would erase the Storm advantage and send the game to overtime.