MBB: Cougars Outlast Connecticut College, 78-77, in Double Overtime Thriller

Photo by Nico Lee
Photo by Nico Lee

WORCESTER, Mass. – With a combined 11 three-pointers coming from sophomore Joel Arteaga (Wyncote, Pa.) and junior Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) the Clark University men's basketball team was able to outlast Connecticut College, 78-77, in a double overtime thriller at the Kneller Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: Cougars 78, Camels 77 (2OT)

Records: Clark University (3-3) | Connecticut College (1-3)

How it Happened

Arteaga set a new career-high for points with a game-most 23 coming off of a 7-of-13 clip from three-point range while also grabbing six rebounds. The sophomore contributed eight of the team's 20 points during the overtime sessions, helping pave way toward the victory.

Grzembski achieved a new season-high as the guard tallied 11 points off the bench during the first half before finishing with 17 in total. The junior shot 6-for-9 throughout the contest while firing 4-of-7 from the triple and contributing a pair of steals on the defensive end.

Junior Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) rounded out the double-digit point scorers for the Cougars in the victory, putting together a 14-point, six assist performance in a team-high 41 minutes played.

Clark University gained early control as Grzembski's steal and finish on the other end punctuated a 12-0 unanswered run in the opening nine minutes. The junior was feeling it early as he came back with a three-pointer to make it 15-2, before drilling another from deep with 8:09 left in the half for a 21-8 Cougars' advantage.

Connecticut College found its rhythm late in the opening half, controlling a 12-6 scoring run throughout the final 4:39 to cut the deficit 29-26 headed into the halftime break. The Camels were able to continue their momentum into the second half as a layup from Jeff Allen got the team started on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 31-29. But the Cougars responded quickly as Arteaga canned a trey to regain control.

Connecticut College separated by as many as seven points during the opening five minutes in the half, but Grezembski stayed hot as the junior capped off an 8-0 run, draining a contested triple before hitting a floater on the next possession to swing a 40-39 lead to the host.

With 6:43 remaining and neither team able to extend their advantage, the Cougars received a huge bucket from Matthew Waggett (Saugus, Mass.) who hung in with a defender barreling toward him to net a triple from the corner for a 43-41 advantage. Later on, they got another, this time from Arteaga who connected on a three from atop the arc for a 50-49 margin.

The lead swung directions four times over the final 2:15 in the game. With 12 seconds left, Gayman tied it up at 57-57 with a tough contested layup. Clark had possession for the final shot in regulation, but the Camels' zone forced a turnover, with Jack Zimmerman missing a layup on the other end to send the game to overtime.

Connecticut College struck first in overtime on a layup from Ben McPherron, before Arteaga canned a three-pointer to give the Cougars a one-point lead. With the game tied 63-63, Arteaga knocked down another from deep to put the Cougars ahead, but Zimmerman connected on the game-tying basket with just nine seconds left to force a second overtime. 

In the second overtime, the Cougars took over for good as Gayman drained his first three-pointer of the contest with 4:14 to go for a 69-66 lead. Sophomore Antonio Lapeyrolerie (Plano, Texas) made it a four-point advantage with 2:08 on the clock. The Cougars went onto convert 6-of-8 from the free-throw stripe to seal the 78-77 victory.  

The back-and-forth affair featured 14 lead changes in all, with the largest lead of the contest belonging to the Cougars at 15-2 with 10:09 to go in the first half.

Clark University connected on a season-high 17 three-pointers throughout the contest while also taking the most of the season so far with 44 attempts. The defense generated eight steals for the second consecutive game while forcing 21 turnovers in all.

Up Next

The Cougars remain on home-court for their next contest as the team will welcome Anna Maria on Tuesday, November 26 for a 4:00 pm tipoff