Oberlin, Ohio - The Alma College men's basketball team erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to overcome Oberlin College 89-81 in overtime on Saturday (Nov. 23). It is the Scots' first win of the year after suffering two setbacks to start the season; they also hand the Yeomen their first loss of the year after they won their first four.
Alma ended regulation on a 15-3 run to tie the game at 73 thanks, in part, to a clutch performance from Cole Kleiver (Williamston, Mich. / Williamston). Kleiver converted an and-1 with 55 seconds left, then drained the game-tying three-pointer with 10 seconds left.
In the extra period, he got another and-1 to go to push Alma's lead to four, then hit the dagger three-pointer with 41 seconds left to put the game to rest. Kleiver finished with 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting and eight rebounds.
The Scots had a small lead in the first half before the Yeomen went on a 17-4 run to take a 39-29 lead. Oberlin held the lead until Alma's game-tying four-minute run to end regulation.
Alma had 40 bench points to Oberlin's nine, led by Isaiah Williamson (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) with 14 points and six boards. Kyle Woodruff (Grand Blanc, Mich. / Holly) and Jack Poling (Portland, Ore. / Westview) each added 12 points. Ryan Stevens (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) had 13 points in his first game of the year.
Alma shot 46 percent from the field and held Oberlin to 39 percent. It also picked up four more rebounds than the Yeomen.
The Scots take to the road again for their next game. They travel to Decatur, Ill., to take on the Millikin University Big Blue on Monday (Nov. 25) at 7:00 p.m.