LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Several records were shattered Wednesday evening as the Lynchburg College men's basketball team defeated Roanoke College 160-156 in double overtime in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference matchup.
Lynchburg broke the school and conference all-time mark for most points in a game, and the two teams' combined total of 316 surpassed the NCAA Division III top mark, set by Simpson (167) and Grinnell (148), in 1994. The old LC mark for single points in a game of 131 was set in 2008 against E&H.
Hornet senior Austen Arnold scored 41 points, his career-high, and the fourth-most in LC history in a single game.
LC led 155-154 with 26 seconds left in the game, and hit one of two free throws to go up two. Arnold grabbed the offensive rebound on the miss and was fouled. He hit both free throws and stole the ball on Roanoke's next possession with 10 seconds remaining. Arnold drilled both free throws to seal the contest.
Arnold made 14 of his 21 attempts from the floor and 13 of 15 from the free-throw line. He added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Bobby Ford drilled eight of his 11 3-point attempts for 24 points, and was just one shy of the single-game 3-pointer made record. Alex Graves netted 22 points to go with seven rebounds and Zack Burnett finished with 15 points and six rebounds. A.J. Hamilton and Devante' Young each had 12 points and Jay Allen added 11, Graves, Hamilton and Allen all fouled out.
Cameron Smith paced Roanoke (19-5) with 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Joey Miller collected 31 points, five rebounds and five assists - hitting 12-of-14 of his shots from the field. C.J. Miles hit 17-of-18 from the charity stripe to end the night with 25 points and John Caldwell had 22 points. Carter Wright posted 20 points.
The Hornets came out on fire, opening a quick 9-2 in the game's first two minutes. LC went ahead by 18 midway through the half, 45-27, before Roanoke started to come back. The Maroons outscored LC 44-21 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to enter intermission ahead 71-66.
Roanoke led by as many as nine in the second half, but Lynchburg chipped away and retook the edge with 11:25 left in regulation. LC went ahead by seven with five minutes left, but this time it was the Maroons turn to rally, and RC took a 129-128 lead with 1:21 left. Ford drilled a 3-pointer and RC tied the game at 131 all with a pair of free throws with 51 seconds left. Lynchburg had the ball as the game clock wound down in both regulation and the first overtime period, but couldn't convert.
The Hornet win is very important in the conference standings, as LC and Roanoke now sit tied in second place with identical 11-4 records with Lynchburg holding the tiebreaker.