Southeastern Men’s Basketball Scores TSC Win Over Warner Created 1/5/2014 10:59:51 AM
LAKELAND, Fla.- Conference wins in men’s basketball are rarely easy.
This proved to be true Saturday evening at the Sportsplex when Southeastern hosted Warner in both squads’ first game of 2014.
After leading by as many as 16, the Fire held on to knock off county rival Warner in overtime 77-73.
“We always talk about adversity and fighting through things,” said coach R-Jay Barsh. “We’ve faced a lot of adversity playing big time teams and we’ve been down but kept playing hard.
“I think all those little moments built up enough energy to win tonight’s game.”
The Fire (11-2, 2-1 TSC) trailed by five early on, but took their first lead of the game on a three-pointer by Jordan Talley at the 13:40 mark. This was during a 9-0 run by SEU which gave the Fire a 13-9 lead with 13:11 left.
Warner (8-6, 1-2 TSC) battled back to take a four-point lead at the 7:25 mark of the half. The Fire rattled off seven unanswered to hold a three-point lead with 3:29 to play in the half. The Fire went on to score the final nine points of the half and led 37-25 at the intermission.
A 13-3 run by the Royals cut the deficit all the way to one (46-45) with 9:31 left in the half, but again the Fire responded, outscoring Warner 7-2 to boost the lead back to six at 53-47.
Southeastern led 63-57 with 1:42 remaining, following a basket by Dwayne Johnson. The Royals scored the final six points of the half, including a basket by Fredrick Conner with 10 seconds to go to tie the game at 63.
In the overtime period, Timothy Mitchell scored six of his game-high 19 points to fuel the Fire. The key play was Dana Thomas’ jumper to take the lead for good with 2:22 left in the bonus session. “Being able to step up and knock down that shot probably won us the game,” said Barsh. “Dana can shoot the ball; he just takes great shots.”
Thomas finished the night with his third double-double of the year, scoring 11 points and snagging 12 rebounds. Johnson added 18 points and four rebounds.
The Fire return to the floor on Thursday when they host Webber International.