|Owens men win tourney opener (03-20-13)|
|Written by Sentinel Sports Staff|
|Wednesday, 20 March 2013 08:54|
In Danville, Ill, Joe Retic II scored the team's final five points, including the game-tying and go-ahead field goals, as the Owens Community College men's basketball team rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Iowa Lakes Community College, 74-72, in the NJCAA Division II national tournament Tuesday.
The Express, 25-8, ended the game on a 20-5 run.
Iowa Lakes held a 65-51 lead with 8:13 remaining in the game.
James Kelly helped start the rally by scoring eight straight points to pull Owens within 67-62.
Deondre Parks countered with four free throws for Iowa Lakes, 26-7, to make it 71-62.
Tony Boykins made a layup, Markese Allen hit a jumper and Andy Bachman made a 3-pointer to close the gap for Owens to 71-69 with 2:41 left.
After a missed lyup from Iowa Lakes, Retic hit a driving floater to tie it at 71 with just over a minute left. After a turnover by Iowa Lakes, Retic struck again, this time with a mid-range jumper to give the Express the lead.
The teams then split a pair of free throws to account for the final margin.
Iowa Lakes then missed three shots over the final 17 seconds as the Express secured their first national tournament win since 2000.
Retic finished with a team-high 17 points, along with three assists, two rebounds and two steals, while Kelly added 16 points, six rebounds and a key block late.
Bachman was the third Express player in double figures with 12 points. He added six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Owens' bench held a 28-11 scoring edge in the game.
Owens plays Central Community College of Columbus (Neb.) today. Central upset No. 1 seed and defending national champion Mott CC.
Owens women lose
In East Peoria, Ill., the Owens women's basketball team saw a late seven-point lead slip away in a 76-68 overtime loss to Community College of Rhode Island in the Division II national tournament Tuesday.
Karahn Scott missed a jumper at the buzzer that could have won it for Owens.
In overtime, the Express were out-scored 12-4. They did have a one-point lead just minutes into overtime on a fast break layup from Mackenzie Heacock, but point guard Nandi Taylor was injured on the play and did not return.
Heacock scored a team-high 20 points.
Scott added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Jordyn Bond had 10 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Bond's rebound, assist and block totals were team-highs.
The Express led by as much as 26-13 in the first half before CCRI trimmed it to five to end the half. The Express also led by double figures in the second half.
Owens struggled at the 3-point line and free-throw line. The Express finished just 4-for-18 from 3-point range and 2-for-8 from the foul line, while CCRI was 8-for-20 from 3-point range and 8-for-16 from the foul line.
Owens, now 25-8, plays Erie Community College on Thursday in the losers bracket.
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