Evangel Men Fall Just Short In Overtime vs No. 22 Clarke; Earn 8 Seed in Heart Tournament

Evangel Men Fall Just Short In Overtime vs No. 22 Clarke; Earn 8 Seed in Heart Tournament

The Basics                                                                                     
Score: Evangel 73, #22 Clarke 80 (OT) | Box Score
Records: Evangel (16-14, 12-12); Clarke (22-8, 18-6)
Location: Springfield, Mo. | Ashcroft Center

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel men's basketball team erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime on Saturday but came up just short 80-73 against No. 22 Clarke.

The Crusaders still earned a spot in the Heart Conference Tournament on Saturday as Central Methodist lost at Benedictine giving Evangel the No. 8 seed. Evangel will head to regular-season champion William Penn on Thursday.

Clarke led by as many as 14 points in the first half before Evangel cut the Pride lead to nine at 37-28 before halftime.

The Crusaders continued to chip away before taking their first lead of the game with 2:51 left in regulation on three free throws from Cade Coffman. Coffman finished with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for Evangel.

Both teams would go back and forth having an opportunity to win the game in regulation. Evangel had a three-pointer rim out before Edriel Martinborough tied the game at 64-64 with 18 seconds left. Clarke would get a shot off at the buzzer, coming up off the front of the rim.

However, in overtime, Clarke pulled away going 9 of 12 at the free-throw line, while Evangel was just 3 of 12 from the field in the extra period.

Ike Egwu scored a career-high 23 points and added eight rebounds for the Crusaders.

Evangel finished the game 17 of 24 from the free-throw line where Coffman led the Crusaders going 11 of 12.

Clarke was led by 19 points each from Darius Lasley and Keith Johnson.

UP NEXT         
Evangel will head to regular-season champion William Penn on Thursday in the First Round of the Heart Conference Tournament. Tipoff from Oskaloosa, Iowa is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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