Overtime was the most frustrating part.
Despite clawing its way back into the game late in the second half, the Columbia College men’s basketball team fell to Lyon College in a disappointing 69-64 overtime shootout from the free-throw line Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.
In overtime, the Scots simply outplayed the Cougars. The Scots made 11 points, six of those from the free-throw line. The Cougars could only manage six points after losing the ball four times.
“They just physically outplayed us, and when that happens you see single possessions and the tip of the ball one way or the other really changing the entire game,” Cougars coach Bob Burchard said.
“It’s a disappointing to lose like this, but two of our biggest shooters were having bad games and we just could not get anything from inside.”
Junior Terrance Smith, who averages 17 points, and junior Nahowan Saxon, who averages 12, scored only 13 combined against the Scots (7-4). Sophomore Andreas Jakobsen, who averages 14 points, carried the team, though, leading with 25 points and four rebounds.
The Cougars (7-9) trailed the entire game until the last four minutes when Jakobsen, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored on a fastbreak against the Scots’ Jason Donaldson, a 6-6 junior, with a left-handed hook shot to tie at 47. Jakobsen drew the foul and added the extra point giving the Cougars their first lead of the game.
The Cougars stayed ahead until the Scots’ Courtney Brown missed his second free throw with seven seconds left and teammate senior Chris Wilkenson rebounded and made an easy layup to tie at 58.
Columbia College had to dig out of a big halftime deficit. Making only seven of their 25 shots from the floor, the Cougars found themselves fighting to keep the Scots from constantly driving to the baseline, where they garnered a majority of their points.
“They just played with more heart that we did in the first half.” Jacobsen said. “They physically and mentally just wanted it more.”
The Scots led throughout the first half with Norris Weintz scoring eight points and finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
It was the Scot’s 12-0 run with six minutes to go in the first half that pushed them to a 24-10 lead.
The Cougars momentarily found their stride as junior Terrance Smith, sophomore Ryan Steinhoff and senior Aaron Edwards each hit 3-point shots as the clock ran down on the first half to pull within 30-19.
That momentum propelled the Cougars throughout the second half as they improved their shooting percentage from 25 percent in the first half to 45 percent, half of those shots coming from the 3-point range.
“Once they shut us down from the inside, that is just were we started having to shoot from,” Burchard said.
It was Columbia College’s second straight loss to Lyons College.