Men’s basketball demonstrates overtime excellence

Alivia Handson, Staff Writer

The shot clock read 5.9 seconds when Andrew Funk ’22 went for an off-balance 3-pointer. This basket sent the Bison to a tough 92-89 overtime win against Lafayette on Saturday at Sojka Pavilion. During the course of the game, Funk scored 20 points to help the Orange and Blue avenge an overtime loss against Lafayette that happened two weeks prior. 

In the second half, Lafayette came back from a 17-point deficit and forced overtime with 10 seconds left in regulation. The Leopards sent a long three to secure extra time. By the first minute and 14 seconds of the extra session, the Leopards had a lead after sinking a 3-pointer to bring the score to 89-87. The Bison responded by scoring the final five points of the game to bring them to a triumphant win over Lafayette. 

“It was a really hard fought game and we definitely showed improvement,” said junior Xander Rice. “I was really happy with how we kept playing hard and were able to get it done in overtime.”

The Bison shot 51.7 percent for the game, including a 9-for-21 mark from the 3-point range and 21-for-23 at the foul line.  On the other hand, Leopards shot 72 percent in the second half and 56.7 percent overall. They finished 10-for-27 from the arc and 11-for-14 from the foul line.

Xander Rice (17), Andre Screen ’24 (17), Elvin Edmonds IV ’25 (11) were the other Bison in double figures during the contest. Edmonds also had 6 rebounds and 4 assists as well. 

Throughout the game, the Bison out rebounded the Leopards 32-22 and achieved a total of 19 assists to 11 turnovers. The Leopards had 23 assists to 10 turnovers. 

Funk’s 20 points against Lafayette allowed him to pass Joe Willman ’13, Hal Danzig ’59, and Bryan Bailey ’02 on the University’s all-time scoring list. He has secured himself as the 27th all-time with 1,173 points putting him just one behind Gerald Purnell ’77 for 26th.

The Bison are back in action against the Black Knights on Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.

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