LAKELAND, Fla. -- Sophomore Jack Madgen shot 11-of-18, including seven 3-pointers to finish with a career-high 32 points and led the No. 3 seed Delta State to an overtime win against No. 6 seed Barry in the opening game of the 2014 Division II South Region Tournament, 82-77.
Both teams played hard from the tip-off in a game where the lead changed 19 times and the score was tied 15 times.
Barry started things off with a 3-pointer and hit seven more in the first half, shooting 53 percent from beyond the arc. About two minutes in, a layup from Mike Washington gave DSU a 4-3 lead but the Bucs quickly answered, then went on a run to get up to a seven-point lead at the 16:25 mark.
Willie Readus, Cornel Knight and Devin Schmidt scored successively to bring it back to a one-point game, then a jumper by Readus put the Statesmen back on top. Barry tied it again at 17 but Schmidt drilled a 3-pointer with 11:43 on the clock that gave Delta a 20-17 lead.
The score jumped back and forth until the 5:33 mark when the Bucs took a one-point lead and held on to the lead for the rest of the half, holding a 39-34 advantage on the Statesmen at halftime.
In the first half, Readus had 12 points and five rebounds. Madgen had eight points off three field goals and two 3-pointers, and freshman Schmidt added seven points. Delta shot 57 percent from the floor in the first half, holding Barry to 45 percent.
The first two buckets of the second half were courtesy of Madgen. Madgen, an Australia native hit a jumper about a minute in and followed that with a 3-pointer that tied the game 39-39.
At the 17:24 mark Mike Washington scored a layup, and Delta State found itself back in the lead, 41-39. Barry took the lead back with 15:14 still to play, but another 3-pointer from Madgen put the Statesmen back on top.
The Bucs took the lead again with 11:40 to play, but it was another key shot from Madgen that put Delta back in the lead. That happened again at the 5:39 mark.
Barry had the lead with about three minutes to go, but then Madgen helped out in another way – his assist to Michael Weems for a 3-pointer tied the game again at 68. Madgen put his team in the lead with a layup with 1:41 on the clock.
The Bucs answered with two free throws with 1:09 to play and the score remained 70-70. With less than a minute to go the Statesmen looked to score and then play strong defense to finish out with a win, but Schmidt accidentally dribbled out of bounds with just two seconds on the clock to give Barry a slim opportunity to win the game. The Bucs missed a last-second shot and the teams took a break before overtime.
The visitors scored first in extra time, but Readus made it a tie game – again – a few seconds later. Barry took a one-point lead off a foul shot, but Knight hit two of his own to give Delta State a lead that the Statesmen would hold on to.
Madgen followed Knight's free throws with another shot from beyond the arc with 1:17 left in overtime, putting DSU up 77-73. With 36 seconds on the clock, Madgen hit two at the line. Readus did the same thing with 29 seconds to play and the Statesmen were looking at an eight-point lead.
Barry scored back-to-back buckets to make it a four-point game, but there were just four seconds on the clock. Madgen hit the back end of two foul shots with three seconds to go and Delta State hunt on for an 82-77 overtime win.
Madgen led all scorers with 32 points, coming off 11 total field goals, seven 3-pointers and three foul shots. He also pulled down six rebounds, all on defense, and dished out five assists. He played 43 minutes of the 45-minute game.
Readus added another double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, 13 on defense. He shot 10-of-12 at the line and 7-of-9 from the field. Schmidt added nine points, Washington had seven points and six rebounds, Weems hit two 3-pointers to add six points and Knight scored four points.
For the entire game, Delta State shot 53 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the field. The Statesmen led Barry to 39-percent shooting from the field and from beyond the arc.