Despite out-shooting and out-rebounding their opponent, the Greyhounds fell in overtime, 84-81, at Southern Arkansas University Tech Saturday in East Camden, Arkansas, after committing a season-high 29 turnovers.
Down 38-35 at the half, ASU Mid-South scored the first six points of the second half to take a 41-38 lead in just 56 seconds. But the SAU Tech Rockets would regain the lead minutes later before the Greyhounds took a seven-point lead with about 11 minutes remaining. SAU Tech would then go on a run and also got the lead to seven points before two Ike Moore free throws tied the game at 66-66 with 5:10 remaining in regulation.
Both teams battled even until a Jalen Lynn three-pointer broke the tie with 1:52 left to give the Greyhounds a 71-68 lead. But the Rockets came back thanks to three straight Greyhound turnovers by hitting a free throw and then a 12' jumper just outside of the paint to tie it up and send it to overtime.
In the overtime period, ASU Mid-South went up 77-72 behind an Ike Moore three-pointer and a Zach Byrd traditional three-point play, and then led 79-74 before SAU Tech started their comeback with a three-pointer to pull within 79-77. After two Moore free throws, the Rockets hit another three-pointer to close the gap to 81-80. The Greyhounds then turned it over again with 1:19 remaining and the Rockets got free and hit a floater in the paint for their first lead of the period. The Greyhounds had a shot blocked on the ensuing possession and the Rockets hit a 19-foot jumper to push the lead to 84-81 with 7.4 seconds left. Jalen Lynn's three-point attempt drew contact with no foul and missed the goal completely, and the Greyhounds shot with 0.2 seconds left was off the mark to preserve the Rockets win.
Although taking 24 fewer shots than SAU Tech, the Greyhounds hit 52.0% from the field and 85.7% from the free throw line while taking a 39-28 rebounding advantage. Both teams shot 33.3% from the arc while the Rockets were just 50.0% from the charity stripe and 47.3% from the field. But the Rockets scored 36 points off of 29 Greyhound turnovers while committing only 14 turnovers, and took advantage of 14 offensive rebounds to score 16 second-chance points.
The Greyhounds (20-7) next play UA Cossatot Monday in a doubleheader with the women at home before hosting North Arkansas College Saturday in which the Greyhound sophomores will be honored between the women's game (12:00pm tipoff) and men's game (2:00pm tipoff).