---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton Community College women’s basketball team made just one free throw Sunday afternoon.
But it was a big one.
Ruth Paul hit the second of two from the line with 0.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Cougars (10-7) a 50-49 victory over SUNY Delhi.
“Defense helped save us again,” Clinton coach Donna Dixon said. “We couldn’t buy a basket again at times. It was a tough game, and I was really proud of the girls after having to play a hard game the day before.”
Clinton appeared to be in trouble in overtime when Delhi held a 48-45 lead and the Cougars’ Katrina Garrand had fouled out.
“Alisha Ducatte hit a 2-pointer for us to bring it to 48-47,” Dixon said. “They hit one from the line with 55 seconds left to take a 49-47 lead before Ducatte scored on an offensive rebound with 35 seconds left.
“They then drove to the basket with 17 seconds left and Katelyn Gates took a charging foul. We then worked the clock down, got a good look and missed. Becka Horton kept the ball alive, Paul got control of it and was fouled. She missed the first free throw, but made the second.”
It was the first made free throw for the Cougars, who went 1-for-5 from the foul line. The Broncos, meanwhile, were 15-of-24.
Clinton held a 22-18 halftime lead, and the score was tied at 43-all at the end of regulation.
“We were down, 43-41, but they turned the ball over and Emily Decker tied it with 21 seconds left,” Dixon said. “We then ended up fouling them, but they missed both shots from the line. We had a chance to win it, but missed the shot.”
Ducatte paced the Cougars with 14 points, while Emily Decker played another strong game with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Gates finished with 12 points and nine boards, and Paul grabbed 11 rebounds.
Garrand, who was in foul trouble, ended up with seven points, four rebounds, five steals, eight assists and a blocked shot.
Brianne Lambert paced Delhi with 14 points and Jackie Bailey also hit in double figures with 10.
The Cougars are off until Saturday’s game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
Clinton 50, SUNY Delhi 49
SUNY Delhi (49)
Soto 1-2-5, Bailey 4-2-10, Coville 3-3-9, Geier 0-0-0, Barnes 1-3-6, Lambert 7-0-14, Stevens 0-0-0, Beaver 0-5-5. Totals: 16-15-49.
Garrand 3-0-7, Gates 5-0-12, Ducatte 7-0-14, E. Decker 6-0-12, J. Decker 1-0-2, Paul 1-1-3, Barber 0-0-0, Agoney 0-0-0, Horton 0-0-0. Totals: 22-1-50.
3-point goals: SUNY Delhi (2): Soto; Barnes. Clinton (5): Ducatte 2; Gates 2; Garrand.
Halftime: Clinton, 22-18.
SUNY Delhi 77,
PLATTSBURGH — The SUNY Delhi men’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the region and in the top 10 in the country.
Clinton Community College found out firsthand why Sunday afternoon.
“They’re good, deep and they play great defense,” Clinton coach Kevin Daugherty said.
Quayshaun Mitchell paced the Broncos (22-2) with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Sean Scott finished with 16 points, Stefan Bock, 15, and Ibrahima Toure, 12.
Chris Miller poured in a game-high 25 points for the Cougars (11-10, 8-9), while Stefan Radan also hit in double figures with 11.
Delhi held a 41-29 lead in an eventful first half.
“They got off to a great start,” Daugherty said. “We were getting some good shots early on, but couldn’t buy one. They went up, 17-2, to start the game.
“With 13:26 left in the half, Kyree Hull stole the ball and went in on a dunk for us. But he took a hard fall when he lost grip on the rim. That was a scary moment. We were hoping it wasn’t a neck injury.
“That cut their lead to 17-4, and it seemed to energize our team. We played hard from that point on all the way to the end of the game.”
Daugherty said Hull was taken for medical treatment and will likely be out a couple of weeks with a concussion.
The Broncos held a 36-31 scoring advantage after intermission.
“I thought our guys gave a great effort against a very good team playing at the top of its game,” Daugherty said. “I’m happy with our kids. It would have been easy to pack it in when it wasn’t going well. But they didn’t.”
SUNY Delhi 77, Clinton 60
SUNY Delhi (77)
Simmons 0-1-1, Campbell 2-0-5, Mitchell 6-4-21, Nickelsen 0-0-0, Bock 5-4-15, Grant 0-0-0, Moore 1-0-3, Mehmetaj 1-2-4, Anderson 0-0-0, Carter 0-0-0, Scott 5-6-16, Toure 5-1-12, Miller 0-0-0. Totals: 25-18-77.
Crecko 3-3-9, Spencer 0-0-0, Miller 11-2-25, Hull 2-0-4, Davison 0-2-2, Radan 4-3-11, Coolidge 0-2-2, Chabau 0-0-0, Carter 2-1-5, Campbell 0-0-0. Totals: 23-13-60.
3-point goals: SUNY Delhi (9): Mitchell 5; Campbell; Bock; Moore; Toure. Clinton (1): Miller.
Halftime: SUNY Delhi, 41-29.