Men's basketball entered tonight's game as the #2 ranked team in the USCAA Division I Coaches Poll and the Number 2 seed in next week's USCAA Division I National Championship Tournament. Ohio Christian entered the game as the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association)'s Division II defending National Champions and the current top ranked team in NCCAA Division II.
Regardless of the affiliation, anytime number one plays number two, it should be a great contest - and that was very much the case tonight in Berea as Ohio Christian was able to out shoot the Mountaineers in a double-overtime classic.
BC and OCU traded blow for blow and shot for shot throughout the first half, with neither team taking control of the contest until late in the half when a Richard Parker 3-pointer gave BC some breathing room and sent them into the half with a 46-39 advantage. BC was hot in the first half shooting over 60% including 6-11 from long distance.
The second half continued the balance attack for each team. Daishon Robinson and OCU's Wesley Russell seemed to be waging their own battle inside the overall war. Russell was able to raise his game late in the half and became nearly unstoppable as he scored 44 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and handed out 12 assists on the night. Russell was able to sink a jump shot to send the game into overtime 71-71. Robinson drove the right side of the lane for layup over Russell to send the game to double-overtime, 85-85. In that second extra stanza, BC took off an 4-0 run, only to see the lead slip away and with it their chance at a 20th win on the season.
The Mountaineers were led on Senior Night by Robinson and his 24 points, while fellow senior London Moore pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 18 points. Parker hit for 22 points including 4-7 from long range. Senior Tevin Webster closed out double figure scoring with 12 points.
BC will now turn their focus to the USCAA Division I National Championships. They will depart for Uniontown, PA on Monday, March 2 for their first-round game versus Iowa Wesleyan on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm. You will be able to see a broadcast of that game, here on the home of Berea College Athletics.