BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Led by a career-high 21 points from sophomore forward Devon Sims (Centreville, Va.) and a defense that held visiting Dominican College (N.Y.) to its lowest point total of the 2019-20 season on Wednesday evening, the Concordia College New York men's basketball team defended the Meyer Athletic Center against the reigning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Champions in a 72-68 overtime triumph.
• Concordia improves to 2-14, 1-6 in league play.
• Dominican, receiving votes in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Poll, falls to 12-4 overall, 5-2 in CACC action.
• It is the first time Dominican has been held to under 70 points in a game this season. The Chargers' 86.6 points per game average heading into the contest ranked 26th nationally.
• Sims connected on a personal-record 10 field goals while adding six rebounds and three steals.
• Junior guard Jared Young (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) chipped in 13 points with a career-high matching five assists and two steals.
• Freshman guard Chauncey Sterling (Wilingboro, N.J.) scored 10 points off the bench with four boards and two assists.
• Senior forward Jesse Breeding (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) fell one rebounds shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds on top of two rejections.
• For Dominican, Jalen Burgess scored 22 points with 12 rebounds while Daraja Rodwell dished out five assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Neither side scored a field goal over the opening three minutes of play, with a Dominican free throw serving as the lone points during the stretch before a Chargers' triple gave the visitors a 4-0 lead with 16:37 remaining in the half.
• The Clippers rallied behind a 9-5 stretch to knot the score, with each side scoring a basket to keep the score tied before back-to-back baskets from Concordia made it 15-11 with 12:16 remaining.
• Concordia created a double-digit lead behind a 9-2 stretch to make it 24-13, and responded to a four straight points with a three-point play to keep the separation in double-digits at 27-17 with 7:45 remaining.
• The two sides split the ensuing 18 points to maintain the 10-point advantage before a quick 8-0 Dominican run made it a one-possession game at 36-34 with 56 seconds left in the half.
• Breeding ended the half with a layup, creating a 38-34 score at the intermission.
• After splitting the opening eight points of the second half, the Clippers connected on back-to-back baskets to pull ahead 46-38 with 13:51 remaining in regulation.
• Dominican knotted the score at 46-all behind an 8-0 run, with two sides going back-and-forth over the following eight points before consecutive baskets from Concordia gave the host a 54-50 advantage with 8:58 left in the half.
• The Chargers used a 6-0 run to take a the lead at 56-54, but back-to-back baskets form Young flipped the two-point advantage in Concordia's favor at 58-56 with 5:26 remaining in the half.
• The visitors responded with a 5-0 run to take a 61-58 lead.
• Trailing 64-60 with under two minutes to play, Concordia scored the final four points of regulation to force overtime.
• Following a Sims layup sandwiched by a pair of Chargers' free throws to keep the score tied 66-all, Young connected on a three-point play to give Concordia a 69-66 advantage with 2:13 left.
• Dominican got within one point off a layup on the ensuing possession, but Concordia held the Chargers without another point while adding three to its total to secure the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted 30-71 shots, going 4-17 from three-point territory and 8-14 from the free throw line.
• Dominican finished 19-62 from the field, 3-23 from distance and 27-36 from the free throw line.
• Concordia recorded 16 assists while Dominican had 14.
• Dominican held a 53-40 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia committed 18 turnovers, resulting in 19 points for the Chargers. Dominican had 24 turnovers, leading to 21 points.
• Concordia' bench scored 19 points while the visitors got 20 from its bench.
• Concordia recorded eight steals with two blocks while Dominican stole the ball five times with six blocks.
The men's basketball team treks to Georgian Court University on Saturday, Jan. 18 with tip-off slated for 2 p.m.