BRONXVILLE, N.Y. The Concordia College Clippers broke a three-game losing streak against the Dominican College Chargers with a furious second half comeback to earn a 76-73 win.
The two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference rivals met in December and the Chargers secured the win.
On Wednesday, the teams were tied for the first six minutes. Dominican went on a 10-2 run to take a 22-14 lead with 13:11 remaining in the first half. Concordia (8-9, 5-4 CACC) then went on a 9-0 run and tied the game at 26.
The Clippers then struggled to find the basket in the final six minutes of the half and Dominican built a 41-32 lead at halftime. The Chargers extended their lead to 11, the largest of the game, with a layup to start the second half. Dominican kept a double-digit lead until 13:26 was left in the game.
Then the Clippers stormed back.
Concordia went on a 10-0 run in four minutes to tie the game at 57. Neither team could muster more than a three-point lead in the final minutes. Norman Pope hit two free throws to take a 71-70 lead with 2:19 remaining.
Dominican then hit one of two free throws and Dominique Spann hit a three for Concordia to put the Clippers up by three. Dominican responded with a layup, and the Clippers missed their next shot.
The Chargers had the ball with less than 30 seconds to go, but Concordias Kyle Kube stole the ball, got fouled and made both three free throws with 13 seconds left. Dominican needed a three-pointer to tie the game but could not score on their final two shot attempts.
Pope led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He also had four assists, two rebounds and one steal. Spann and Jahrod Lide each had 12 points.
Concordia shot 41.9 percent from the field and 73.9 percent from the free throw line.
The Clippers will face another conference foe when they travel to Wilmington, DE on Saturday.
From a report by Concordia College Athletics/Brian Snow
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