West Plains, Missouri -- Indian Hills was able to shake off the disappointment of seeing a double-digit second-half lead slip away at the end of regulation and the Warriors regrouped to snare an overtime win against Missouri State-West Plains on Friday night. IHCC poured in 26 points in the five-minute extra session and knocked off MS-WP for the 6th straight time, 105-98.
The win in a tough venue came on the heels of a loss to a ranked College of Southern Idaho team six nights earlier and gave the Warriors their 13th win of the season, against four losses.
Indian Hills was on top 58-47 midway through the final half, but the Grizzlies rallied to make the game close over the final 7 1/2 minutes and, eventually, tied the score at 79-all on a long 3-pointer by Sardaar Calhoun with 6.2 seconds remaining in the second half. IHCC missed a contested three at the buzzer sending the contest to OT.
Alex Peterson hit a field goal to start overtime for the Grizzlies first and only lead of the night. Devontae Lane's 3-point play gave the advantage back to IHCC. After Peterson made a free throw to even the score at 82-82, the Warriors got consecutive field goals from Tyler Chisom and Torrey Patton and two free throws by Tomas Woldetensae to take a six-point lead and MS-WP didn't get closer than four points after that.
Patton pumped in 28 points -- one off the season-high total he had a week earlier -- and Lane scored a career-high 19. Calhoun paced the Grizzlies with 28 and drained five threes in the second half, including the game-tying shot at the end of the second half.
IHCC opened up an early 22-13 lead on the strength of an 8-0 run and maintained that lead for all but the final 6.2 seconds in the final period. The 11-point advantage at the 10:01 mark of the second half was the Warriors' largest.
A three-point play by Lane with just over a minute left to play put the score at 77-72. Calhoun nailed a long three, Lane put in a driving layup, and a Grizzly free throw with 19.9 seconds on the clock made it a 79-76 score. Lane went to the foul line with 12.7 seconds to play, but missed the front end of a one-and-one, leaving the door open for Calhoun to hit his tying 3-pointer from NBA distance.
Eight points from Patton and five from Chisom, who slammed home a dunk as part of a 3-point play, highlighted the Warriors' overtime performance. Lane reached his career-best point total with five in OT.
Not to be overlooked are the nine points contributed by IHCC's Josh Nicholas. He made two threes in the second half, then drilled a big 3-pointer with the Warriors clinging to a three-point lead in overtime, doubling the advantage to 91-85.
IHCC has won 12 of the last 13 meetings with the Grizzlies and are 25-5 all-time against their Region XVI foe.
Indian Hills is back in action on Saturday afternoon against Faith Prep Academy from West Memphis, Arkansas on day 2 of the Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply Classic.
INDIAN HILLS 105, MISSOURI STATE-WEST PLAINS 98
INDIAN HILLS (13-4)
Devontae Lane 6 7-12 19, Lance Singh 0 0-0 0, Billy Thomas 0 0-0 0, Iziah James 4 3-4 13, Nick Wagner 0 0-0 0, Tyon Grant-Foster 1 0-0 2, Tomas Woldetensae 4 4-4 14, Josh Nicholas 3 0-0 9, Tajim Smith 0 0-0 0, JD Muila 3 0-2 6, Anthony Bratton 2 1-1 5, Tyler Chisom 4 1-1 9, Torrey Patton 10 8-14 28 Team 37 24-28 105
MISSOURI STATE-WEST PLAINS (11-5)
Eric Lovett 4 6-7 16, Sardaar Calhoun 8 7-12 28, Alex Peterson 7 3-7 17, Dravon Clayborn 6 1-1 16, Johde Campbell 0 0-0 0, Niekie Thomas 0 0-0 0, Evan White 3 1-3 8, D'Andre Vilmar 2 0-2 4, Henri Langton 3 2-2 8 Team 34 20-34 98
Halftime score: Indian Hills 40, MS-WP 34; Score at end of regulation: 79-79; Three-point field goals: IHCC 7 (Nicholas 3, Woldetensae 2, James 2); MS-WP 11 (Calhoun 5, Clayborn 3, Lovett 2, White 1)