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Arcadia Men’s Basketball Wins Thriller over Rowan in Triple Overtime

In Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 at 10:21 pm

page8basketballKnights Need Triple Overtime to Nab Season Opener

Glenside, PA: 11-15-08:  It wasn’t an easy victory but Arcadia Men’s Basketball escaped with a 94-90 victory after three overtime periods were needed to decide the non-conference season opener between the Knights and the Profs of Rowan University Saturday afternoon in Glenside.  Playing just five minutes shy of two back-to-back regulation contests, the Knights allowed Rowan to chip away at their 8 point halftime lead, with the Profs scoring 17 second half points off of Knight turnovers while using 23 points from their bench in the second half to force extra minutes.

Rowan gradually built up a 9 point lead after ten minutes of play but the Knights hung around and with the first of five three point buckets from senior Blaise Pepitone, the Knights took a 19-17 lead before finishing out the half leading 36-28.

That lead would grow to 14 as sophomore Darrell Mills worked hard under the glass to make it 44-30 with three minutes gone by in the second stanza.  But just as the Knights did to them in the first half, the Profs chipped away with near perfection from the charity stripe and a dominating presence in the paint, going on to erase the Knights 14 point advantage as Rowan senior Kevin Darby hit the back end of a one-and-one with 2 ticks remaining in regulation, sending the game into overtime tied at 67-all.  While Darby would go on to finish with a game high of 31 points, the Profs couldn’t solve the red-hot junior Damien Palatino, who not only led the Knights with his career high of 29, but poured in 17 points through three overtime stanzas.

Palantino swished a trey to open the first overtime and Darby finished for Rowan on a pair of free throws with seconds remaining to force the second overtime, tied at 75-all. Rowan’s Dan Reddan put the Profs in front with one minute left in the second overtime but Pepitone took the ball into the paint and made it 83-all. The Knights failed to get off a shot in their final possession thanks to swarming defensive play by the Profs and the two resiliant squads gladly kept playing until a winner was decided. Palantino hit another triple and then a jumper to open the third extra stanza, giving the Knights the 88-85 edge but Rowan would again tie it with 37 seconds left thanks to a triple from Aaron Spellman.  Palatino hit another jump shot and a layup underneath from first year Khalief Trawick, putting the Knights in front for good 94-90.

Palantino finished with 29 points, 3 boards and 5 assists to lead Arcadia. Pepitone poured in 21 on 5-8 from behind the arc and added four assists. Senior Bobby Mulholland added 11 and nabbed 5 steals.  Senior Terrell Varnado added eight points and a team high 10 rebounds.  Three other Knights would finish with 7 points apiece, including Mills, who also added four steals and 3 assists, Trawick, who pulled down 4 caroms and first year Andrew Vose who pulled down 8 caroms while blocking a team high 3 shots.

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