|William Jewell 3-7||30||44||12||11||97|
|Jan. 2, 2017|
|Liberty, MO (Mabee Center)|
|Graceland||Indv. Leaders||William Jewell|
|#11 Cimino, Frank - 20||Points||3 Players - 20|
|#04 Williams, RJ - 9||Rebounds||2 Players (#02,#35) - 10|
|#10 Martin, Carl - 5||Assists||#00 Perez-Laham, Jorge - 8|
|Graceland||Team Statistics||William Jewell|
|46.1% (35 - 76)||Field Goals %||45.2% (33 - 73)|
|43.8% (14 - 32)||3 Point Field Goals %||24% (6 - 25)|
|77.8% (14 - 18)||Free Throws||73.5% (25 - 34)|
|21||2nd Chance Pts||22|
LIBERTY, Mo. – Frank Cimino knocked down a three-pointer as time expired as Graceland University defeated NCAA DII William Jewell College 98-97 in double-overtime. Cimino scored 13 of his 20 points in the two overtime periods.
The victory is Graceland's seventh win in a row, improving the Jackets to 9-3 overall. William Jewell had dropped to 3-7 on the year.
Head Coach Craig Doty had the following to say about the win, "We took control of the game early and liked where we were at halftime. Credit William Jewell for battling back in the second half, we didn't have an answer for them defensively."
The night began in a fast paced way, as the teams pushed the ball up and down the floor. Graceland took their first lead of the night, 8-6, off a deep trey by Jordan Dembley from Carl Martin less than four minutes into the contest. GU then went ahead by 10 points just over midway through the half.
The Cardinals slashed the deficit to four (24-20) at 6:34, but the Jackets used a 13-4 run to go ahead 37-24. Graceland led 42-30 heading into the locker room. Jordan Dembley highlighted the Yellowjackets at the break with 11 points.
Just after halftime, a 10-4 run by the Cardinals brought the score to 46-40 in favor of GU. The Jackets continued to maintain an edge, leading 60-51 midway through the half. WJC didn't go away, trailing by just one (60-59), 8:09 remained on the clock. With just over five minutes to play, William Jewell took a one-point lead, before Frank Cimino knocked down back-to-back triples to regain the edge.
Later, Graceland led by three points with 14 seconds to play. WJC's Larry Fitzgerald then sank a three with four seconds in regulation to tie the contest at 74-74 and sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, William Jewell claimed the early edge and led throughout the period. With 35 seconds on the clock, Dylan Martin grabbed on offensive rebound, dishing the ball back out to Cimino at the top of the key. Cimino drained a three-pointer, to bring the deficit to one at 85-84. WJC converted on one-of-two from the foul line before Will Nelson tied the contest. The score remained 86-86, as the team's headed into a second overtime.
Cimino went 3-for-3 from the charity line early second overtime period, with GU ahead 89-86. Graceland continued to lead until into the final minute, before WJC kissed the glass late to take a one-point advantage.
Then, off an inbounds play, Cimino counted a fade-away field goal to regain the upper hand. William Jewell then led by two with eight seconds left, but another off-balanced three-pointer by Cimino as time expired gave the Jackets the 98-97 win.
Doty went on to say, " Frank hit a tough shot to win the game. He is the type of kid who wants the ball in his hands in those situations. He is special."
Graceland University shot 46 percent from the floor (35-for-76), while William Jewell shot 45 percent from the field (33-for-74). GU shot 44 percent from beyond the arc, holding WJC to 24 percent on the night, including nine percent in the first half.
Cimino led five Yellowjackets in double figures tonight scoring 20 point.. He marked 13 of his 20 points in overtime. RJ Williams and Jordan Dembley each contributed 13 points, as Ben Grygiel and Will Nelson added 11 apiece.
Doty concluded with, "Our scoring balance was great. Our offensive attack was strong all night. We just need to polish some things up defensively. Our guys had a long break so it was expected we would have some kinks to work out."
For the Cardinals, Patrick Whelan, Emil Ostafiicuic and Larry Fitzgerald each recorded 20 points. Jorge Perez-Laham rounded out the double-digits with 14 points.
The men's basketball team returns home and to conference play on Wednesday, January 4, as Graceland hosts Peru State College at 7:30 p.m.
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