The 19th-seeded Roadrunners overcame a 42-38 halftime deficit to emerge with a 111-99 overtime victory No. 14 seed Shelton State Community College Buccaneers from Tuscaloosa, Ala., March 18 in the opening round of the 2014 Men’s Division I National Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.
The win was the 16th in a row for the Roadrunners and their first-ever win at the national championship.
SFCC (26-6) found itself ahead by three in the final seconds of regulation. A Shelton State player was fouled while attempting a three-point shoot. He made all three free throws to force overtime with the game tied at 92. The Roadrunners took control of the game with a 19-7 run in overtime to secure the win.
“Our energy level was not very good for a lot of the game,” said Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas. “But when it came time to make plays, our team showed they can make plays. We handled adversity pretty well and put them away in overtime.”
Sophomore guard Joseph Thomasson led four Roadrunners in double-figure scoring with 29 points and dished out a team-high 11 assists. Sophomore guard Kevin Punter contributed 28 points, including 12 of 15 from the free-throw line. Sophomore wing Kedar Edwards added 25 points and tied for the team high with eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Dondre Alexander pitched in with 13 points and tied for the team lead with eight rebounds. Sophomore guard DeRon Hill led the team in steals with five.
SFCC will take on the No. 3 seed Chipola College Indians from Marianna, Fla., at 6 p.m. March 19 in the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
SFCC Athletics Department