The Genesee Community College men's basketball team dropped its third straight Western New York Athletic Conference game on Thursday night, falling to Erie Community College in overtime, 93-92.
The Kats jumped out to an early 10-2 lead but the Cougars came back and quickly tied the game at ten apiece after Naquil Jones converted on a three-point play.
Jones scored 20 first half points, including a stretch of seven in a row, and Genesee held as much as a seven point advantage in the opening period.
Erie took the lead early in the second half after a 14-6 start, but with ten minutes to go GCC clawed back to tie the game at 64.
The Kats reclaimed the lead after two straight baskets, but the Cougars went on a 7-0 run that ended with a Jones three-point basket to take a 71-70 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Genesee led 83-76 with under three minutes to play, but ECC stormed back and used an 8-0 run to take an 84-83 lead with under a minute to go.
Trailing by two after a made Erie free-throw, Jones drove to the basket with two seconds remaining and drew the foul, converted both free-throws and tied the game at 85 apiece, sending it into overtime.
In the extra session, Ervin Mitchell converted a three-point play and gave GCC an early 88-87 lead, but Erie cashed in on two quick baskets, including a three-point play, and held a 92-90 lead with under a minute to go.
Jones again answered for Genesee and tied the game at 92 with a layup, but with 17-seconds left, ECC made the first of two free-throws to take back the lead. The Cougars had a chance after the second free-throw was unsuccessful, but GCC could not convert and ran out of time.
Jones finished with a game-high and career-high 39 points. Mitchell added 27 points and nine rebounds, Alex Morris and Jason Perry-Murray each scored 11 points and Redell Freeman grabbed eight rebounds.
Genesee surrendered 21 turnovers on the night and the GCC bench was outscored by the ECC bench, 46-13.
The Cougars fall to 1-3 in WNYAC play and 15-5 overall. They will travel to #4 Community College of Beaver County on Saturday for a 2 p.m. start.