ANDERSON, S.C. – The Coker College men's basketball team dropped a South Atlantic Conference road matchup to Anderson University on Saturday (Feb. 4) by a score of 98-91.
Anderson opened up a 27-16 lead in the opening 12 minutes. The two sides traded buckets throughout the final eight minutes of the half, Coker trimming the deficit to eight at the half. Anderson led 42-34 as the two sides departed for the locker rooms at half.
Coker outscored the Trojans 16-10 in the opening six minutes of the second half, closing the deficit to just two points. Down by four with 10:10 left in the second half, threes by Chase Brewington and Nathan Lemke gave Coker its first lead since midway through the first half. Coker continued to ride the momentum, taking a 79-72 lead with 4:09 left. However, it was Anderson outscoring Coker 10-3 down the stretch to tie the game up at 82-82 and force overtime.
In overtime, Coker struck first, with Nathan Lemke scoring a bucket 11 seconds in. Six straight points by Anderson gave the Trojans an 88-84 advantage with 2:29 left. Free throws down the stretch for Anderson would help the Trojans notch the eventual 98-91 overtime win.
Nathan Lemke finished with 16 points and nine rebounds off the bench to lead the way. Roman Hall finished with 14 points, while Jalal Abdul-Azeez chipped in 13 points. Miguel Priest rounded things out with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Cobras will be back in action on Wednesday (Feb. 8) when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne. Tip is set for 8 p.m.