UU men fall to NDC in double overtime


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UU’s Malik Jacobs (15) scored 11 points in Saturday’s overtime loss to visiting Notre Dame College.

UU’s Malik Jacobs (15) scored 11 points in Saturday’s overtime loss to visiting Notre Dame College.


For the second time in a week, the Urbana University men’s basketball team came up short in an overtime home loss as the visiting Notre Dame College Falcons clipped the Blue Knights 97-85 on Saturday.

UU (3-14, 2-10 MEC) made a late surge in regulation with a 12-0 run as Abul Kanu’s fastbreak layup with 1:47 to go put UU ahead 80-76. The Blue Knights had trailed 76-68 with under five minutes left, until senior guard Carlas Jackson knocked down his fourth 3-pointer to give UU its first lead since hitting the opening basket of the game.

With 13 seconds left in regulation, junior guard Roy Hatchett Jr. knocked down a pair of freebies at the line to keep UU ahead 82-79. But, UU fouled a three-point shooter on the final possession and NDC’s Halil Parks sunk all three foul shots to force the extra period.

Notre Dame (5-13, 3-9 MEC) controlled the final period and outscored UU 15-3 to run away with the contest.

UU knocked down 13 threes while shooting nearly 40 percent from deep, but overall the Blue Knights were outshot by the Falcons. UU shot at a 42.5 percent clip and NDC made 52.4 percent of its shot attempts. The rebounding margin was even at 41-41 and turnovers nearly even as well (UU 12, NDC 11).

NDC utilized its height advantage in the front court, outscoring UU 46-24 on points in the paint.

Sophomore guard Ethan Snapp led UU with a career-high 18 points with six boards and four assists. Three others reached double figures including Carlas Jackson (16), Hatchett Jr. (14) and Malik Jacobs (11), who also pulled down a team-high seven boards.

Notre Dame rotated only seven players with six of those scoring in double digits, led by KT Taylor’s 25 points on 7-of-11 shooting from three-point range. Five Falcons had at least six rebounds in the matchup.

UU returns to its home court for a mid-week tilt against Charleston on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The Blue Knights fell to the Golden Eagles 78-67 back on Dec. 6 in Charleston, West Virginia.

UU’s Malik Jacobs (15) scored 11 points in Saturday’s overtime loss to visiting Notre Dame College.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2018/01/web1_jocobs.jpegUU’s Malik Jacobs (15) scored 11 points in Saturday’s overtime loss to visiting Notre Dame College.

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