The Berkeley College men's basketball team picked up a tremendous victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech by a score of 121-117 in double overtime in what was a marathon contest. The game took place in Beckley, West Virginia. With the triumph, the Knights kept their program winning streak alive at 27 games while improving to 2-0 on the 2018-2019 campaign, while the Golden Bears suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 3-1.
After holding a 19-11 lead in the early stages of the opening session, Berkeley College trailed 47-42 at halftime, and then 75-66 with just 6:05 remaining, and 81-76 with 3:14 to go, but the Knights continue to push forward and give the Golden Bears all they could handle.
Nigel Hemingway's three-point basket with just over 3:00 left pulled Berkeley to within a pair at 81-79. After West Virginia Tech's Tamon Scruggs split a pair of free throws to give the Golden Bears a three-point edge with 1:22 to play, the Knights' Ricardo Ayuso would connect on a two point shot on his team's next possession to pull Berkeley to within one (82-81). Berkeley, later trailing 86-85, would take the lead on a pair of converted free throws by Anthony Hemingway with 21 seconds remaining. After Shamiek Sheppard split a pair of free throws with six seconds left on the clock, West Virginia Tech's Elisha Boone would draw a foul with less than a second remaining in regulation. He would connect on his two shots from the charity stripe to send the contest to overtime.
Berkeley trailed 97-93 in the first overtime before battling back once again. Nigel Hemingway hit a two-point jumper with 2:51 remaining, and following a bucket by the Golden Bears' Junior Arrey, Knights newcomer Deylon Bovell would drill a three-point shot to pull the Knights to within one at 99-98. Later, with West Virginia Tech leading 105-102 and time winding down, Berkeley's Bovell would drill a three-point basket to tie the game at 105-apiece and send the game to a second overtime period.
In the second overtime, with the contest tied at 117-all, Nigel Hemingway gave the Knights the lead for good by connecting on a three-pointer with 0.9 seconds remaining. Nigel would convert on free throw to ice the game for Berkeley.
Bovell was masterful in this one for the Knights, putting on an incredible performance by scoring a team-high 32 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor. In the process, he connected on three of his five shots from beyond-the-arc, while also hitting nine of his 14 attempts from the line. The newcomer also recorded team-bests of 10 rebounds and five assists. Ricardo Ayuso connected on all eight of his shots from the field, including five consecutive attempts from three-point territory, to finish with 25 points. He also contributed four rebounds, as well. Nigel Hemingway added 15 points to go along with three assists, and Anthony Hemingway nailed six of his eight attempts at the free throw line to finalize his evening with 11 points.
Despite the loss for the Golden Bears, West Virginia Tech was paced by Elisha Boone, as he turned in a spectacular performance by scoring a game-high 40 points on 12-of-23 shooting. He also drilled 15 of his 18 shots from the charity stripe and snatched a game-high 16 rebounds. Arrey added a whopping 33 points, a game-high five steals, four rebounds, and three assists, and Tommy Collins and Will Fox netted 14 points and 12 points, respectively.
The Knights put together another stellar shooting effort, nailing 38 of their 69 attempts for the game (55.1 percent), including a conversion rate of 62.5 percent from beyond-the-aric (13-23). On the flip side, the Golden Bears hit on only 38 percent of their shots (35-92), while shooting a woeful 4-31 from downtown (12.9 percent). The teams deadlocked in rebounds at 52 apiece, and West Virginia Tech held slim margins in steals (13-11) and assists (17-16). Berkeley committed a whopping 35 turnovers to the Golden Bears' 19.
Berkeley College will now have 12 days off before returning to action. The Knights will take to the road on November 23 to battle Campbellsville University at the Powell Athletic Center in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Start-time for that contest is scheduled for 6:00pm.