Posted by: Sports
Trailing by two points with under eight seconds left in overtime Jonah Bradley grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw, drove the length off the floor, pulled up from 3-point range and banked in the game-winner to give Nebraska Wesleyan a thrilling 78-77 overtime win over Simpson College on the first night of the 24th Annual Snyder Classic on Friday night (Nov. 23) in Lincoln, Neb.
Bradley's 3-pointer was with 0.4 seconds remaining, but the Simpson in-bounds pass hit the scoreboard sealing the Prairie Wolves victory. Simpson had sent the game to overtime as Drew Bentley hit a fade away 24-foot 3-pointer off an inbounds play to end regulation and tie the game at 65-65.
In the overtime period, the Storm (1-3) built up a six point lead with 1:29 remaining on a pair of made free throws. On the Prairie Wolves next possession, Bradley drove the lane and hit a layup, his first made basket of the game. Simpson hit 1-2 at the free throw line to go back up by five, but anoffensive tip-in by Tim Schweitzer pulled NWU within three at 75-72 with 0:21 remaining.
Once again, Simpson went 1-2 at the free throw line to go up four points. The Prairie Wolves drove the court and Eric Jackson nailed a 3-pointer to pull NWU within one point at 76-75 with 0:08 remaining. Elijah Knox hit the front end of the two free throws, but his second free throw missed allowing Bradley to grab the ball and go for the game-winner.
NWU (3-1) also trailed by five points with 2:50 left in regulation after leading by six points earlier in the second half. Trailing by five, Jackson hit two straight 3-pointers to put NWU up by one points with 1:52 left. Neither team scored again until Schweitzer went 2-2 at the free throw line to make the score 65-62 with 0:23 left.
A Storm turnover gave NWU the ball with 0:07 left and Jackson at the line for a one and one. He missed the front end which set up the game-tying acrobatic 3-pointer by Bentley.
The Prairie Wolves led by as many as nine points in the first half, but the Storm led 28-27 at the break.
Jackson led all scorers in the game with 21 points, hitting 5-12 from 3-point range. Schweitzer posted a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds to go with his five assists, while Andrew Mitteis came off the bench to 6-7 from the floor for 15 points.
Four Simpson players reached double figures led by Austin Hennings with 17 points and eight rebounds. Knox scored 16 with five rebounds.
NWU will be right back in action on Saturday night (Nov. 24) as they host Austin College in day two of the Snyder Classic.