MU men fall to Bloomsburg in 2OT
Jimel Calliste's jumper with five seconds left lifted Bloomsburg to an 82-81 win over Mansfield in a double-overtime PSAC game Wednesday evening in Decker Gymnasium.
"We're searching for answers right now and we've got to find them," said a disappointed head coach Rich Miller. "We had opportunities, but just couldn't do what we wanted to do at the end."
It was a tough loss for the Mountaineers who had their chances to win the game at the end of regulation and in both overtimes.
Mansfield (5-11, 3-9 PSAC) trailed 68-65 with just over two minutes remaining in overtime before Kevonte McClain hit a layup to close to 68-67.
With a little over a minute to go, Kenny Johnson missed the first of two free throws, but hit the second to knot the game at 68-68.
A pair of missed field goals by both teams finally led to a steal by Johnson with two seconds left but Mansfield couldn't get off a shot.
Mansfield held a 74-70 lead with 1:54 to play in the first overtime when Tremaine Bowman connected on a pair of free throws.
But, Bloomsburg got a 3-pointer from Kendal Smith on its next possession to close to one point.
A free throw by McClain put Mansfield up 75-73, but Bloomsburg countered on a jumper by Jimel Calliste to tie the game at 75-75 with just under a minute left.
Mansfield had one last chance with 3.9 seconds left but couldn't get off a clean shot sending the game into a second overtime.
Mansfield took a 79-75 lead two minutes into the second overtime when Onyema Utti hit a tip-in, and still led by four with 2:16 to go.
Bloomsburg (5-11, 3-9 PSAC) got a three-point-play when Nasir Jones hit a layup and free throw to close to 81-80 just under two minute to go.
Mansfield held the lead until Calliste hit his running jumper with 5.4 remaining.
The Mountaineers inbounded and got the ball to Chuck Harper, but his 3-pointer just before the buzzer fell short of the mark.
Mansfield led much of the night, taking a 9-0 led to start the game on two 3-pointers by Kenny Johnson and one by Charles Becoats.
The Mountaineers led by nine later in the half and a five point lead with just under four minutes in regulation but could never put Bloomsburg away.
Johnson led six Mountaineers in double-figures with 18 points while Charles Becoats, who played all 50 minutes, scored 15 points.
Onyema Utti came off the bench to add 12 points with Kevonte McClain coming through with 11 points.
Joe Bell and Tremaine Bowman each scored 10 points.
Zach Sheetz led five Bloomsburg players in double-figures with 15 points. Wes Lyons scored 14.
Mansfield hosts Cheyney on Saturday.