JHS alum Jacob Gibson has 17 points in Harding loss to Christian Brothers
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (HardingSports.com) - Christian Brothers made 18 free throws in overtime and defeated Harding 85-76 on Tuesday in non-conference men's basketball action at Canale Arena.
Harding fell to 2-3 overall as the teams split the two meetings this season. The Bisons defeated the Bucs 70-66 on Nov. 14 in Searcy.
Harding trailed 64-60 with only 10 seconds remaining after Christian Brothers' Cory McArthy made two free throws. Buc guard Harry Green then fouled Harding sophomore Jacob Gibson with seven seconds left. Gibson made the first free throw and missed the second intentionally. Bison guard Tony Cochran rebounded the miss and missed a 3-pointer. Harding's Hayden Johnson got the rebound and found senior Nick Mason, playing in his hometown, for the game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The overtime period belonged to the Bucs (3-2). Despite attempting only one shot in overtime, Christian Brothers outscored Harding 21-12. Buc forward Sidy Sall missed two free throw attempts to open the overtime, and with the score tied at 66-66, Christian Brothers' Ryan Fleming made a 3-pointer. In the game's final 2:35, the Bucs made 18 consecutive free throws.
Harding shot only 5-of-13 (38 percent) in overtime and trailed for the rest of the game after Fleming's 3-pointer.
Gibson led Harding with a career-high 17 points. Mason had a career-high 13 points, and sophomore Blake McNair also reached a career high with 10 points. Johnson, Harding's leading scorer entering the game, did not score his first field goal until the 14:06 mark of the second half but finished with 11 points.
Christian Brothers only played seven players in the game, and all five starters had 13 points or more. Sall led the Bucs with 22 points. Christian Brothers made 30 free throws in the game after making only 29 free throws in its first four games combined.
Harding made 10 3-pointers in the game, but seven of them came in the first half. The Bisons shot 3-of-17 from 3-point range in the second half and overtime.
Harding's very difficult non-conference schedule continues Friday as the Bisons take on Midwestern State in the Arkansas Tech Classic in Russellville, Ark. Tipoff at Tucker Coliseum is at 4 p.m.