Nov. 22, 2013
GALESBURG—Sophomore guard Juwan Hubbard (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) scored a game-high 34 points and the Carl Sandburg College men’s basketball team rallied for a 92-89 overtime victory over North Central Missouri on Friday at John M. Lewis Gymnasium in the Sandburg Classic.
Hubbard, who posted a career-high 36 points against the Pirates in the teams’ first meeting this season, scored 27 points after halftime, including three free throws to force overtime after he was fouled with 1.4 seconds left in regulation.
“I had no doubt I was going to hit them,” Hubbard said. “I knew if I had any doubt in my head, I would’ve missed.”
Hubbard scored six of the Chargers’ 13 points in the extra period, including the go-ahead layup with :33.4 left for an 88-87 lead. Sandburg (5-3), which won its fourth in a row, led by three after Hubbard hit a pair of free throws with :07.6 to go. A 3-point attempt by North Central Missouri’s Jory Woodson rimmed out at the buzzer.
Sophomore forward Aaron Powers (Springfield, Ill./Lanphier) scored 16, sophomore forward Mitch Wendling (Athens, Ill./Athens) scored 14 and sophomore forward Jacob Warner (Galva, Ill./Galva) added 12 points for the Chargers, who were 23 of 28 from the free-throw line.
Woodson and Tyrell Thirkield led the Pirates with 23 points each. Tyler Peterson added 17 points for North Central Missouri.
Sandburg trailed by 16 points on three occasions in the first half before going on a 9-0 run prior to intermission. The Chargers followed that by opening the second half with 14 of the first 16 points for a 48-41 advantage. Hubbard sparked the second-half spurt with a pull-up jumper, a steal for a layup and another steal that led to a tip-in by Warner.
“We didn’t come out very well at all, but the guys played with a lot of energy after the first 15 minutes,” said Sandburg coach Ryan Twaddle, whose team beat the Pirates 89-82 on Nov. 2. “It was a great comeback and a big win for us.”
Black Hawk rallied to beat Lincoln Land 71-68 in the opening game of the tournament. The Loggers led 65-58 with less than 3 minutes remaining, but the Braves closed the game with a 13-3 run. Lincoln Land’s Garrett Williams, a Galesburg native, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.
Black Hawk and North Central Missouri will open Saturday’s play at 1 p.m., and the Chargers will face Lincoln Land at 3 p.m. in the tournament finale.