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Cougars fall to Erie in Overtime

Cougars fall to Erie in Overtime

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.