Worcester, Mass. (February 8) -- A pair of free throws by junior captain Tim Beinert (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Holy Cross) with 6.8 seconds remaining gave Assumption a one-point lead and the Hounds held on for a 76-75 overtime win over visiting New Haven on Wednesday night. With the win, the Hounds are now 5-0 in overtime games this season.
In the opening half, the Chargers held an early edge before Assumption got its offense going and led by as many as eight before taking a 32-25 lead into the halftime break.
Assumption built that lead to as many as 12 points in the second half and still led by a 10-point margin at 47-37 with 15:05 remaining in regulation. Over the next 12 minutes though, New Haven held the Hounds to just nine points on just two field goals and regained the lead at 57-56 on a layup from Justin Exum. The teams traded the lead back and forth in the final minutes and it was Assumption that went up two at 63-61 on a jumper by Beinert with 40 seconds left. Jeffrey Adkins knocked down a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left and a jumper from Kevin Donahue (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington) came up short as the game headed into the extra period.
In the overtime, neither team led by more than three points and the game headed into the final moments as a one-possession affair. After a jumper from Krystian Forest gave New Haven the lead at 75-74, Beinert was fouled with six seconds remaining as he drove to the basket and hit both free throws to put Assumption back in front at 76-75. On the ensuing inbounds play, New Haven's Exum got called for an offensive foul as he ran over Donahue with 1.8 seconds left. The Hounds inbounded the ball and ran out the clock to come away with their second-straight overtime victory.
Beinert, the Northeast-10 Player of the Week, led the team with 25 points as four Hounds finished in double figures. Junior point guard Ryan Rozsnaki (Montreal, Quebec/Landstown) finished with 12 assists in the game, his 10th double-digit assist game of the season. Assumption also took care of the basketball for all 45 minutes, turning the ball over just five times in the game.
With the win, Assumption is now 10-12 overall and 8-10 in the Northeast-10, while New Haven falls to 13-9 overall and 9-9 in the league.
Assumption is back in action on Saturday, February 11th as the Hounds travel to Adelphi for a 3:30 p.m. start. That game is available live online at www.aupanthers.tv.