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Southern Indiana Athletics | January 20, 2014

DII: USI downs No. 2 Bellarmine on buzzer-beater in OT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Southern Indiana junior guard Gavin Schumann scored as time ran out in overtime to give the 10th-ranked Screaming Eagles a 68-66 victory against second-ranked Bellarmine on Monday night. USI rises to 14-1 overall and 6-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while Bellarmine goes to 13-2, 5-2 GLVC.

After Bellarmine tied the score 66-66 with 10 seconds to play, Schumann rebounded a missed 3-point attempt by senior guard Lawrence Thomas and laid in the game-winning bucket as the buzzer sounded. Schumann's bucket enabled the Eagles break a six-game road losing streak to Bellarmine in Knights Hall.

The Eagles outscored the Knights in the overtime period 9-7 and was 4 of 9 from the field in the extra time. USI also finished the game by winning the battle on the boards, outrebounding Bellarmine 7-5 in overtime and 54-34 for the contest.

USI and Bellarmine waged a defensive battle through the first 20 minutes, but the Eagles were able to post a 25-23 lead at the intermission. The first half had 11 lead changes and seven ties.

The Eagles had a rough time from the field in the opening half, shooting 29.4 percent (10-for-34) and missing all four attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. Bellarmine was only marginally better from the field, shooting 30 percent from the field (9-for-30).

Leading the way in the opening half for the Eagles was senior center Chuck Jones, who had 10 points in the final 10 minutes before the intermission. Jones scored eight consecutive points for the Eagles before Thomas converted on two free throws to break a tie and give USI the 25-23 halftime margin.

In the second half, USI seemed to take command and extended its halftime lead to as many as nine points, 47-38, with 11:31 to play in the contest. Bellarmine, however, clawed its way back into the matchup with a 12-4 run to cut the Eagles' lead 51-50.

The Knights would knot the contest at 55-55 with 2:22 left to play and forced a mad dash to the end of regulation. USI had a chance to close out the game with nine seconds left in regulation, but Schumann missed the back end of a one-and-one and allowed the Knights to send the game into overtime tied at 59-59.

Bellarmine took the early advantage in overtime, leading by three points twice and for nearly four minutes of the five-minute extra period. The Knights' largest leads in overtime were 63-60 and 65-62 before USI outscored Bellarmine 6-1 in the final 60 seconds.

Individually, USI had five players score in double-figures. Senior forward Aaron Nelson led the Eagles with his 15th consecutive double-double, notching 15 points and 19 rebounds, while Thomas followed in the scoring column with 14 points.

Schumann finished the game with 13 points, nine coming in the second half, while Jones and senior forward Orlando Rutledge rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points each.