posted on November 08, 2011 23:05
MOBILE, Ala-- The University of Mobile men's basketball team opened the 2011-12 season by slipping by visiting Texas College 81-80 in a physical overtime contest.
Mobile (1-0) will visit Southern University at New Orleans Saturday, Nov. 12 at a time to be determined.
The Rams won despite going only 13-for-22 from the charity stripe, compared to 36-for-46 for the visiting Steers. Texas College shot 40% from the floor, while Mobile shot 42%, and the Rams forced 26 turnovers.
Ji Kimbrough led Mobile with 26 points, while Cody Scott added 11 points off the bench and Matthew Turner finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Wendell Maye led the Steers with 27 points thanks to 17-of-21 from the free throw line, while LaDarren Williams went 10-of-13 from the charity stripe to score 23 points.
The first half was all Texas College after Mobile built an early 12-11 lead. The Steers used a 30-11 run from there, to take a 41-23 lead with 4:42 left in the opening period. Mobile was able to cut the deficit to 38-44 at the end of the period thanks to four late points from Alex Tolbert off the bench.
Then, the second half started, and Mobile quickly took a 47-46 lead thanks to a 3-pointer from Jonathan Tinch and an offensive putback from Turner. Two free throws with 15:28 left put the Steers back on top, and they held that lead until Mobile tied it up 69-69 with 4:01 on a 3-ball from Kimbrough. Mobile never led the rest of the half, but they did trade baskets to send it to extra time, with Turner scoring with nine seconds left to tie it at 75-75.
In overtime, Mobile scored first on a Kimbrough free throw and never trailed, though they also never led by more than three. After two Jhirmetrius Cochran free throws cut the lead to 81-80 with 18 seconds left, Jamal Robertson drove to the hoop in the final seconds, but was rejected by Antonio Hester to keep the score in Mobile's favor.