OSKALOOSA, Iowa – Thomas O'Connor's last-second 3-pointer took a friendly bounce on Thursday night sending the NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball Game of the Week between the Raven Men's Basketball team and William Penn University into overtime.
With 15 seconds left in regulation, Benedictine (10-6, 7-5 Heart) had the full length of the court to go trailing William Penn (14-2, 10-2 Heart) by three points. Benedictine's first shot at sending the game into overtime came from Andre Yates with five seconds remaining. Christian Hatterlee pulled down the rebound and fed O'Connor in the corner. O"Connor reacted quickly and got the shot off, which bounced high off the rim and through the net as time expired sending the game into overtime.
In the overtime, the Statesmen built as much as a five point lead before the Ravens battled back to take a lead on a Jake Schannuth jumper with 40 seconds left in the period. William Penn answered with 34 seconds to pull back in front setting up another last-second decision. The friendly bounces ran out on the Ravens at that point as the Statesmen were able to escape with a 93-90 win over the Ravens.
Benedictine led 36-31 at the half off 13 field goals while they were able to limit William Penn just 33.3 percent off 10 field goals.
A basket from Adam Kutney inside the first two minutes of the second half pushed the Ravens lead to eight point, 40-32, their largest lead of the game.
William Penn battled back, taking back the lead for the first time in the second half with 14 minutes left to play. After exchanging the lead twice and playing to the ninth tie of the game with 12 minutes remaining, the Statesmen pulled ahead by their largest lead of the night – 10 points – with seven minutes left in the game.
Benedictine outscored William Penn 29-19 over the next seven minutes to send the game into overtime where the Statesmen were able to outscore the Ravens 10-7 to escape with the win.
Andre Yates led the Ravens with 31 points as three Ravens finished in double figures. Schannuth added 19 while O'Connor finished with 18. Schannuth and O'Connor combined to convert nine of the Ravens 10 3-pointers.
Benedictine won the rebounding battle, as they pulled in 39 to William Penn's 33. The Statesmen enter the game ranked inside the top six in every rebounding category. The Ravens limited to them to just six offensive rebounds, which was under half of the No. 2 ranking average of 14.6.
The Ravens return home for two straight. First up, Culver-Stockton College before the Ravens start the second half of the Heart schedule on Wednesday night against Graceland University.
(Please note, after this story was first posted, the decision was made to postpone the games with Culver-Stockton. The Ravens and the Wildcats will now play at 7:30 p.m. on Monday night in the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.)