Livingstone tops Clark Atlanta 101-96 in overtime

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 21, 2015

Staff report

Ty Newman led Livingstone with 29 points as the Blue Bears defeated Clark Atlanta, 101-96, in overtime, here Sunday afternoon in men’s basketball action at Epps Gymnasium.The game was the end of a stretch that saw Livingstone play four games in five days and the Blue Bears won four of those contests. Coach James Stinson’s team won over Albany State on Tuesday, Ft. Valley State on Wednesday, Ft. Valley State again on Saturday and then, Clark Atlanta yesterday.

The only blemish was last-second 78-77 setback to Paine College on Friday night.

Livingstone (5-6) now breaks for Christmas and won’t play again until its home opener at New Trent Gym on Jan. 2, against Lincoln University.

Clark Atlanta (2-8) shot just 34.3 percent (12-for-35) from the floor in the opening 20 minutes to trail by 10 points, 38-28. Livingstone was none better, shooting 39.4 percent (13-for-33). The Blue Bears, however, were strong at the foul line, going 9-for-12 in the first half.The Blue Bears led the Panthers by as many as 15 points in the second half at 58-43, with 11:44 remaining.

Clark Atlanta went on a 9-0 run to draw within six points, 58-52, with 10:02 to play.

The home then went on a 13-1 run, taking a brief 75-72 lead with just 2:19 left in the game.

Trailing by 80-77 with 17 seconds remaining, the Panthers’ James Arnold got off a 3-point attempt that was missed. Lawrence Freeman grabbed the offensive rebound, dribbled behind the 3-point line and drilled a buzzer-beater to send the game into overtime.

Livingstone led during the entire overtime period. LC was 11-for-15 from the foul line and scored 21 points in the extra period. The Panthers were 5-for-14 from the floor, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range during the OT period while the Blue Bears made all five of their field goal attempts.

Eric Dubose followed Newman’s big scoring day with 22 points of his own for Livingstone. Nasir Austin followed with 15 points while Daryl Trynham added 14 and Cordero Holt had 13.
Newman also led Livingstone in rebounding with seven boards. For the game, the Blue Bears outrebounded the Panthers, 46-44.
Clark Atlanta was led in scoring by Tim Sanders’ 22 points and 18 from Derek Harper.
For the game, Livingstone shot 46 percent from the floor (31-for-67), including seven-of-18 3-point shots.
Clark Atlanta University sports information office contributed to this article.