by Gary Stepp
Junior guard Cody Stumbo tossed in 21 points and led a balanced attack as the visiting Alice Lloyd Eagles earned a thrilling 77-76 double-overtime victory over the Indiana University Southeast Grenadiers on Saturday. With the win, the Eagles swept the season series with IUS.
In the opening half, the hosts came out looking for revenge from their earlier defeat in Pippa Passes. Sparked by the play of guard Jake Simpson, the Grenadiers led 37-30 at the break.
In the second half, the Eagles refused to quit, and they methodically began to cut into the deficit. Thanks to solid team play, Alice Lloyd tied the score late at 65 all. IU’s Simpson held the ball for the final shot, but his bucket was off the mark, setting up overtime.
In the first overtime, each club scored five points. With the score tied at 70, Southeast placed the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Simpson. Fortunately for Eagle fans, his shot failed to connect, setting up the second overtime.
In the second overtime, the Eagles squeaked ahead 77-76 with seconds remaining. With Simpson bottled up, the Grenadiers Aaron Hayes’s shot missed and teammate Parker Henes could not get the putback to stay down.
For the victors (9-11; 4-1 KIAC), Stumbo played a complete game. The junior was 6-6 from the floor (including 3-4 from downtown). He connected on all six of his charity tosses. Additionally, the hard working guard hauled down 9 rebounds.
Sophomore Trevor Tiller continued his solid play as he swished 18 points and dished off 5 assists. Junior Tyler Rogers pumped in 13 points, and added game highs of 12 rebounds and 4 big blocks. Dakota Hall came off the bench to add 10 points, while scrappy guard Austin Crisp added 8 points, 9 huge rebounds, and a team-high 5 assists.
On this night, the victors connected on just 36.9% (24-65) from the floor. They were better from long range, going 8-20 (40%). They sank 63.6% (21-33) from the free throw line.
IUS, shot just 29.6% (24-81) from the field and 28% from deep (7-28). They sank 91.3% (21-23) from the free throw line. The Eagles were only out-rebounded 54-51.
The Grenadiers (3-13; 0-5 KIAC) were led by Simpson with 33 points.