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Drury storms back, wins in OT

KANSAS CITY -- Down by 18 points with just more than 10 minutes to play in regulation, Drury rallied to force overtime, then pulled away late in the extra session for a 77-73 victory versus Rockhurst in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Saturday afternoon at Mason-Halpin Fieldhouse.

Drake Patterson nailed a deep 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to help force OT, then made two big free throws with 10 seconds left to give the Panthers a four-point advantage as DU improved to 23-2 overall and 15-2 in the GLVC.

Rockhurst fell to 6-18 and 2-15.

The Panthers struggled for 30 minutes of this contest before catching fire late. Trailing 53-35 with about 10 minutes remaining, Drury outscored the Hawks 42-20 during the final 15-plus minutes from there against a Hawks team they defeated 104-69 on Jan. 16.

Cameron Adams led four Panthers in double-figures with 16 points, while Ian Carter, Kameron Bundy -- who missed Thursday's 65-60 loss at William Jewell with a concussion -- and Patterson added 14 points each and Mike Nwelue had 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds off the bench for DU.

No. 1 Metro State 90, Adams State 64

DENVER -- Metro State overcame a halftime deficit to earn a 90-64 win against Adams State on Saturday night and clinch sole possession of its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The win also extended Metro State's winning streak to 20 games, the third-longest winning streak in school history and longest active streak in NCAA Division II, as the Roadrunners improved to 23-1 overall and 20-0 in the RMAC. ASU fell to 15-9 and 11-9 in the RMAC.

The win clinched the eighth RMAC regular season title in school history.

Nicholas Kay and Brandon Jefferson each scored 23 points to lead all scorers. Kay hit 9 of 10 from the floor and 5 of 5 at the free-throw line while Jefferson hit 13 of 13 at the line. Mitch McCarron scored 14 points and had team highs of seven rebounds and six assists, while shooting 6 of 9 from the floor. Raul Delgado also provided 10 points.

Jefferson also tied Jesse Wagstaff's (2005-09) career free-throws made record as the two players are knotted at 407.

No. 3 Tarleton State 92, Eastern New Mexico 82

PORTALES, N.M. -- Tarleton State's De'Andre Upchurch scored a career-high 38 points, while the Texans managed to fend off a second-half rally and down the Eastern New Mexico Greyhounds 92-82 Saturday evening at Greyhound Arena.

Chuck Guy scored 24 points to go along with Upchurch's career night and the Texans improved to 23-1 overall with a 12-1 mark in Lone Star Conference play, which clinches at least a share of the league title with just one conference game left to play this season.

With at least a share of the LSC title, the Texans claim its third conference championship and second in the past three seasons. Tarleton claimed a share of the 2012 championship and were league champions back in 2004.

Tarleton led 53-38 after the first 20 minutes of play, shooting 64.0 percent from the field with an 87.5 percent effort from beyond the arc. Upchurch scored 23 of his game-high 38 points in the first half, going 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-6 from downtown.

Upchurch finished the game going 11-for-21 from the field, 5-for-8 from the arc and the senior was a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe.

Bellarmine 96, No. 4 Indianapolis 81

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bellarmine picked up a 96-81 victory against Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Nicoson Hall.

Bellarmine (20-5, 12-5 GLVC) fired on all cylinders from the outset and led almost from start to finish. The Greyhounds (22-3, 14-3 GLVC)  took the lead just once in the early proceedings as BU built a double-digit lead in the first half and led 45-35 at the break.  The Knights scorched the nets all night long, shooting exactly 60 percent from the floor in both halves including nailing 14 of 21 3-pointers.

Bellarmine got solid contributions from just about every player who logged minutes. George Suggs led the Knights with a career-high 21 points and five rebounds, and Vance Hall added 17 points and eight assists. Also reaching double figures for the Knights were Keisten Jones with 16 and Josh Derksen with 12.

No. 5 East Stroudsburg 82, Cheyney 73

CHEYNEY, Pa. -- Junior guard Whis Grant scored 24 points, including a huge step-back 3-pointer with 26.4 seconds left, as East Stroudsburg (24-1, 14-1) tied a school record with its 24th victory with an 82-73 win at Cheyney on Saturday afternoon at Cope Hall.

Freshman forward Rasheed Moore added 18 points and junior forward Lamont Tillery had nine points and six rebounds, hitting a 3-pointer with 5 minutes left and converting the go-ahead three-point play with 1:22 remaining.

The Warriors matched their 2009-10 team that finished 24-6 for the most wins in school history. ESU has 20-plus wins in four of the past five years.

ESU, which secured its second consecutive PSAC East title with a 93-77 win against Bloomsburg in its last action last Saturday, led most of the way before Cheyney came back to go ahead 64-63 with 6 minutes to play.

Tillery gave the Warriors the lead back with a three with 5:01 left and they never trailed the rest of the way. Cheyney pulled even at 72-all on two free throws by Deshawn Curtis (30 points) with 1:44 remaining, before sophomore guard Jamal Nwaniemeka (nine points) found Tillery for a three-point play that gave ESU a 75-72 lead with 1:22 left.

Curtis made 1 of 2 to get Cheyney within 75-73 before the Warriors scored the final seven points to win it. Grant's 3, his fourth of the game, came with five seconds left on the shot clock and gave ESU a two-possession lead (78-73), then Nwaniemeka had a dunk and a layup to end it after Cheyney couldn't convert on its last two trips.

No. 6 West Liberty 109, Glenville State 97

GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- C.J. Hester was nearly perfect with a career-high 34 points and West Liberty shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor Saturday afternoon to outgun Glenville State 109-97 on the Pioneers' home boards.

Hester, already a two-time Academic All-American as a junior, hit 13 of 14 shots from the floor -- including a school-record 7-for-7 from behind the 3-point arc -- as the Hilltoppers (23-2, 19-2) opened up a 19-point second half lead before holding Glenville State (16-9, 13-8) at bay down the stretch.

The teams traded leads briefly at the start of the game but West Liberty took the lead for good, 19-16, when Shawn Dyer and Seger Bonifant drained back-to-back 3-pointers in a 23-second span with just under 14 minutes showing on the first half clock.

Hitting 65 percent (26-of-40) of their first half shots, the Hilltoppers stretched the margin to 65-48 at intermission and picked up right where they had left off when play resumed.

No. 8 Florida Southern 88, Palm Beach Atlantic 84

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Junior forward Stephen Battle scored on a tip-in with five seconds remaining to help Florida Southern survive Saturday evening in its non-conference finale against Palm Beach Atlantic as the Moccasins earned an 88-84 win against the Sailfish at Rubin Arena.

Battle's tip-in gave the Mocs an 86-84 lead and on the ensuing in bounds play, redshirt senior forward Garrett Putman stole the inbounds pass and would hit two free throws with 0.1 seconds left to seal FSC's victory that improved the Mocs to 23-3 overall.

With the victory, the Mocs completed non-conference play with a 12-0 record, which marks the first time since the 2009-10 season that FSC completed its regular season non-conference schedule without a loss. The 2009-10 squad finished 11-0 in regular-season non-conference action.

The Moccasins began the game having already clinched the regular-season Sunshine State Conference championship after Saint Leo suffered a 63-60 loss at home to Lynn on a 3-pointer right before the buzzer by Fred Landers. With SLU's loss, the Mocs, who had earned a share of the regular-season title following its win last Saturday at Florida Tech, earned its second consecutive SSC regular-season title and its 21st overall regular-season league title in school history.

No. 9 Southern Connecticut State 86, Saint Rose 80

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Tri-captains Tylon Smith, Greg Langston and Luke Houston scored the final 14 points as Southern Connecticut State escaped Saint Rose with its 12th consecutive win, 86-80.

Houston had eight unanswered points for SCSU late in the Northeast-10 Conference matchup, including a 3-pointer to tie the game at 80. He followed up with a layup for put the visitors ahead for good. Houston, one of five players to score in double-figures, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Langston led the Owls with 20 points. He also grabbed five rebounds and had four steals.

Smith totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the NE-10 contest.

No. 10 South Carolina Aiken 97, Armstrong 82

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- South Carolina Aiken clinched a share of the Peach Belt Conference regular-season title with a 97-82 victory at Armstrong. The Pacers are now 24-3 overall, including a 16-1 mark in PBC play.

Head coach Vince Alexander's team was paced by Ronald Zimmerman's game-high 27 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 7 of 12 from downtown. Paul Larsen added 22 markers on 7 of 11 shooting while Jesse Seilern and DeVontae Wright each added 15. Rick Alderman notched a double-double in the win by totaling 11 points and 11 rebounds on 5 of 7 shooting in 27 minutes of work.

USC Aiken drained 32 of 57 (56.1 percent) from the floor, including a 9 of 15 (60 percent) effort from the 3-point strike. Zimmerman drained 7 of 12 from deep.