The 25th-ranked Emory University men's basketball survived a close call on Saturday night as the team battled from a seven-point deficit with 6:39 remaining in regulation before defeating the Birmingham Southern College 84-78 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The victory propels Emory to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive season. With the win, Emory (20-7) has now won 20 or more games in a season for the fifth time in school history. The loss snaps BSC's 19-game winning streak and puts a cap on a 23-7 season for the Panthers. Emory will now face Augustana (Ill.) next Friday after the Vikings were 96-80 winners over Hope on Saturday night. Time and place to be determined. BSC used a 16-4 run in the second half to build a seven point cushion at 57-50, but the Eagles answered with a 16-9 stretch of the their own to tie the game at 66-66 with 1:38 to go in regulation. With the game tied again at 68, BSC's Ross Welch made driving layup to give the Panthers a two-point edge with 47 seconds remaining. However, senior Davis Rao (6'5''-G/F) made a clutch jumper from just inside the three point line to tie the game at 70 with 34 seconds left. The Panthers had a chance to win it before the final buzzer but Ian Thom missed a close range layup with seven seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Birmingham Southern took a two point lead 1:34 into the extra session at 74-72 but freshman Beau Bommarito responded with a huge corner three off the great feed by Jonathan Terry off the long outlet pass by sophomore Whit Rapp (6'0''-PG) to put the Eagles ahead 75-74. Bommarito finished with just four points on 1-of-2 shooting but his big three pointer gave Emory the lead for good with 3:18 to go. BSC's Alex Avery (6'6''-F-93) cut it to 79-78 with 50 seconds remaining in overtime but that was closest the Panthers would get in the final moments. Down one with the clock running down, The Panthers had a costly turnover as a back-cut pass went out of bounds to give the ball back to the Eagles with 2.8 seconds to go. Rao was fouled on the inbounds pass and made his first free throw. After a technical foul was issued to the BSC, before the second foul shot that gave Rao another two shots from the charity stripe. Rao went on to make all three to provide the 84-78 final margin. Rao led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Senior Will Trawick (6'5''-F-94) scored 20 points in 23 minutes and sophomore Adam Gigax (6'7''-F) (13) and Terry (11) were the other Eagles in double figures. Gigax grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and Rao and Rapp dished out a team-best three assists. For Birmingham Southern, Avery poured in 19 points, corralled seven boards and handed out game-high seven assists. Thom posted 16 points and nine rebounds while Welch scored 15 points and Harrison Deneka (6'6''-F) chipped in with 13 of his own. The game was tightly contested as the lead changed hands eight times and was tied at 11 different moments. Neither squad was able to put distance from the other as the largest lead in the game was BSC's seven point edge in the second half. Courtesy of: emoryathletics.com
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Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead in... [read more]
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead into the half. Babson held Augustana at arm's length for much of the second half and led 71-61 with six minutes to play when the Vikings started their rally. Nolan Ebel (6'1''-G) hit a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to pull the Vikings within four at 79-75. After a couple of empty possessions for both teams, Augustana fouled Babson with 21 seconds left, sending the Beavers to the free throw line for one-and one. They missed the first shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and found Jacob Johnston for three to cut the lead to 79-78 with 10 seconds left. Babson again missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Vikings gave the ball to Ebel who raced down the floor. Ebel tried to arc a shot over three Babson defenders with three seconds left but Flannery smacked the ball away. Babson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second left. Babson missed the one-and-one again but, after an Augustana time out, the Vikings only had time for a long heave down the floor that was deflected away. Flannery finished with 23 points, which gives him 2,620 in his career, good enough for eighth place all-time in Division III. Isaiah Nelsen scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Comenale finished with 16 points for Babson. Ebel notched 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Augustana (24-9). Augustana finishes as national runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Babson's championship is the first men's basketball title for the College and the fifth overall in team sports. Babson won three titles in men's soccer in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and a men's hockey championship in 1984. Flannery, who was named Player of the Year before the game, took home the Most Oustanding Player award. The other members of the All-Tournament team were Nelsen, Ebel, Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) for Augustana and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) for Williams. Before the title game, the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 139-116 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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