MOREHEAD, Ky. — Carlon Chambers sank two free throws with two seconds remaining and the Sugar Bears were unable to get off a last-second shot and fell 70-69 in overtime to Norfolk State in the second night of the Comfort Inn and Suites Classic at Morehead State.
The Sugar Bears (1-3) led 69-67 with 1:39 left after a layup from sophomore guard Micah Rice but were unable to extend the lead after a pair of missed free throws and a turnover. With 38 seconds to go, Norfolk State (3-0) made it a one-point game on a free throw from Rae Corbo, who set up the game-winning possession by getting the rebound on a missed shot attempt by Rice with 12 seconds left.
With seven seconds on the clock, NSU’s Whitney Long had a layup to put the Spartans ahead but it rimmed out. Chambers was there for the offensive rebound, but had the ball knocked loose. On the ensuing battle for the ball, UCA’s Sidney Stewart was whistled for a foul on Chambers, which sent the freshman to the line for the deciding free throws.
The Sugar Bears trailed by five at the half and fell behind by nine with less than two minutes gone in the second half, looking at a 36-27 deficit with 18:35 to play. After steadily chipping away, UCA took the lead at 51-50 with 6:55 to play on a score from freshman center Courtney Duever. Two minutes later, after a 3-pointer from Stewart and five straight points by Megan Herbert, the Sugar Bears led 59-53 with 4:36 to go – equaling their biggest lead of the night.
Two layups from Batavia Owens and another from Sarah Daily tied the score again at 61 with 1:34 to play. Neither team would score again in regulation as the Spartans missed two 3-point attempts and the Sugar Bears got only two free throw attempts from Duever, who missed them both. Corbo had one final attempt in the final seconds, but her layup didn’t find the mark.
The Sugar Bears played the final 1:16 of regulation and overtime without Herbert, who fouled out with team-highs of 19 points and 9 rebounds. Duever then fouled out with 1:35 remaining in overtime, and Stewart was whistled for her fifth on the foul that led to Chambers’ game-winning free throws.
Destinee Rogers had 13 for UCA and Stewart had 11. She also added a team-high seven assists and tied Rice with the team lead in steals with three. Her five rebounds were second to Herbert’s nine.
The Sugar Bears will try to snap their three-game losing streak and avoid leaving Morehead empty-handed as they take on Houston Baptist Sunday at 11 a.m.