The Roadrunners picked up a huge 116-114 triple-overtime win over the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies Jan. 22 at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center, putting them in first place in the region.
SFCC found itself trailing West Plains by 19 points in the first half, the largest deficit faced by either team in the game. SFCC (14-6, 3-0 in Region 16) cut the deficit to 45-35 at halftime.
The Roadrunners outscored West Plains 50-40 in the second half to send the game into overtime. Both teams scored 11 points in the first overtime to send the game into double overtime. The teams combined for 18 points in the second overtime, forcing a third overtime. SFCC made the plays down the stretch to secure the victory.
“We came out flat,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “During halftime we talked about what we needed to do. Our leadership was really good tonight. They talked among themselves and got everyone on board. Everyone was into the game and we never quit. We got down 12 points twice in second half and fought back into it. We got down in the overtimes and continued to fight back. Our guys battled, and it was a great game.”
Sophomore guard Kevin Punter led five Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 33 points. Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson contributed 25 points. Freshman wing Kedar Edwards registered a double double with 24 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. He also dished out a team-high eight assists and led the team in steals with four.
SFCC will travel to Park Hills to take on Mineral Area College at 3 p.m. Jan. 25.
SFCC Athletics Department