Storm stalls at Monticello

For the second-straight contest Southeastern found itself playing bonus basketball, however Thursday's outcome was not as positive as the last trip to OT as the Savage Storm fell to Arkansas-Monticello on the road, 74-67, in Monticello, Ark.

The loss drops SE to 11-9 on the season overall and 7-7 in Great American Conference play heading into a Saturday meeting with Southern Arkansas at 4 p.m. in Magnolia, Ark.

After retaking the lead midway through the second half, the Storm led for the majority of the half before finding itself down by two with 56 seconds left.

Steven Kohli would knot the game at 62-62 on a layup off the feed from Quinton Threadgill with 33 seconds on the clock.

UAM would hold for the final shot, and after missing a jumper with two seconds left were bailed out when Andis Malahovskis was called for a foul on AJ Calhoun with one second remaining.

Fortunately for SE, Calhoun would miss both free throws to send the game to overtime.

The Boll Weevils scored first on a Ramon Mejia three, but SE answered with a pair of free throws by Kohli to make the score 65-64.

UAM, however, would use an 8-0 run that ate up 2:45 on the clock and left the Storm trailing 73-64 with 33 seconds left.

James Harris would connect on a three pointer with 20 seconds to play and UAM would add another point via free throw to set the final of 74-67.

“I thought we played sound,” said head coach Kelly Green, “But we had too many turnovers, especially the ones that were unforced. You have to give them credit defensively.”

“I think we took some ill-advised shots in overtime,” he continued,” And they took advantage with buckets on the other end.”

Despite coming out on the losing end, Southeastern got a pair of double-double performances from Kohli and Mateus Oliveira.

Kohli posted a team-best 17 points and pulled down 10 boards, while Oliveira tallied 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

James Harris reached double-figures in points with 13, including three three-pointers, while Chris Roussell pitched in 11.

Roussell and Threadgill each finished with four assists, while Oliveira chipped in three blocked shots.

SE shot 50.0 percent from the field through regulation, but finished the night at 45.5 percent for the game after going 1-for-7 in the overtime session.

UAM held the edge in points off turnovers, 24-10, and second chance points, 11-4, while the Storm did fare slightly better in the paint with a 26-22 advantage.

Southeastern scored the first four points of the game, but could not extend the lead beyond four points with the Weevils eventually tying the score at 13-13 with 9:29 to play in the half.

UAM would then gain the lead, pushing out to as many as 11 points over the final 8:24 of the half before SE closed the deficit to 35-28 at halftime.

The Storm slowly chipped away at the halftime deficit, finally tying the game at 41-41 on a pair of Kohli free throws with 12:10 to play in regulation.

A Harris steal and fastbreak bucket put Southeastern back in front where it would hold the lead until a pair of UAM free throws with 8:06 remaining briefly put the Weevils up 50-49.

SE would answer with seven-straight points and take its largest lead of the game at 56-50 with 6:57 remaining.

UAM would tie the game once with 2:27 to play and would take the lead with less than a minute to play setting up Kohli's game-tying bucket.

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