SARANAC LAKE — Despite a two-point double-overtime setback, former Northeastern Clinton standout Steve Carder passed Al Miller’s record of 1,016 career points early in the second half, becoming North Country Community College’s all-time leader.
The Saints (13-5) were unable to secure a four-point lead with 25 seconds remaining in the second overtime stanza, dropping an 84-82 decision to No. 7-ranked SUNY Delhi in NJCAA Region III men’s basketball Saturday.
“The kids came ready to play,” assistant coach Rob Roy said. “We got a defensive stop in regulation to get to overtime and rallied from a five-point deficit to force the second extra session. But they were converting, and we were just turning the ball over and missing shots.”
Quayshaun Mitchell and Stefan Bock led the Broncos (17-2) in scoring with 21 points, respectively. Mitchell knocked down three of his team’s five 3-point field goals.
Carder paced the Saints with 37 markers, including 11 converted free throws from the charity stripe, while grabbing 17 rebounds.
Michael Boyea (19) and Jared Heden (15) also reached double-digits.
North Country plays host to Fulton-Montgomery this afternoon in Saranac Lake at 3 p.m.
SUNY Delhi 84,
North Country 82 (2OT)
Simmons 4-1-11, Campbell 0-0-0, Pierre 7-2-16, Mitchell 6-6-21, Nickelson 1-1-3, Bock 9-3-21, Grant 1-0-2, Mehmetaj 0-0-0, Scott 3-4-10. Totals: 31-14-84.
North Country (82)
Boyea 6-7-19, Henderson 1-0-3, Poulter 3-0-8, Heden 7-1-15, Carter 13-11-37, Brock 0-0-0, Mills 0-0-0. Totals: 30-19-82.
Halftime: 34-31, North Country
3-point goals: Delhi (5): Simmons 2, Mitchell 3. North Country (3): Henderson, Poulter 2.
Eastern Maine 68
Paul Smith’s 58
PAUL SMITHS — The Bobcats jumped out to a 29-22 lead at the half, but could not hold on as the Eagles came back for the victory.
“We struggled in the second half with our discipline defensively,” Paul Smith’s coach Joe Akey said. “We allowed open jump shots and they hit five 3-pointers in the last 20 minutes.
“We were also much more stagnant in the half-court offense, relying more on our athleticism then on their teammates.”