Southern Conn. escapes St. Rose
Smith-Ocran tallies double-double for Owls 12 points, 16 boards
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- No. 20 Southern Connecticut State rallied back in the second half to defeat St. Rose in overtime, 64-60. The Owls got behind early in the game, allowing The Golden Knights to go on an 11-1 run in the first 10 minutes of the first half.
SCSU started to rally back from the eight-point lead and actually took the lead from St. Rose with a layup from Keshia Primo, but the Golden Knights took the lead right back and held onto it for the remainder of the first half.
A last second shot from Mariah Hankton left the Golden Knights with a 22-21 lead. The Owls struggled from the behind the arc in the first half, going 0-12.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 6 Bentley 67, AIC 53|
|No. 20 Southern Conn. 64, St. Rose 60 OT|
St. Rose jumped out early in the second half, going up six points in the first four minutes. The Golden Knights kept up the scoring and increased the lead to eight points with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
SCSU turned up the pressure on St. Rose and was able to tie the game with just under two minutes left with a layup from Sylvonya Moore. SCSU and St. Rose ended regulation tied at 52-52.
In overtime, the Owls and the Golden Knight traded baskets throughout the first four minutes. SCSU finally took the lead for good when Moore hit a jumper to take a three-point lead with a minute and a half remaining. The Owls took control of the game after that with four points from Moore and two free throws from Camille Fantini.
Moore led the team in scoring with 17 points and a team-high five assists. Sylvonya also added nine rebounds and one steal. Fantini added an additional 14 points, nine rebounds, two assists and a team-high five steals.
Moni Smith-Ocran tallied the only double-double for the Owls, scoring 12 points and pulling down 16 boards. Lauren Allen chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for the Owls. Allen shot 56 percent from the field in the game.