IRVING, Texas - The University of Dallas men's basketball team (9-4, 4-1 SCAC) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit en route to a 68-64 overtime triumph over Colorado College on Friday evening at the Maher Athletic Center.
Dallas trailed 31-22 at the break, after Colorado (7-7, 4-1 SCAC) netted four 3-pointers in the opening half.
The Tigers led by a game-high 12 points with 18:28 remaining, but the Crusaders converted 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the field in the second-half to force overtime.
Things looked bleak for Dallas down the stretch, as Colorado garnered a 59-55 advantage with 31 ticks to go.
Sophomore guard Kym Malone (Richardon, Texas) made good on an 'and-one' play to keep his team within striking distance. Malone finished with 11 points.
Colorado's James Lonergan knocked down two free-throws late, and tallied a game-high 20 points.
With a steely demeanor, Tanner Bruffey (Lubbock, Texas) sent the game to overtime when he deposited a 3-pointer with five seconds on the clock to knot the score 61-61. The senior forward ended with a team-high 15 points.
Ross Davidson also entered double-figure scoring, as the junior forward paired 13 points with seven rebounds (one offensive).
Sophomore forward Mark Promberger (Phoenix, Ariz.) hauled in three defensive rebounds in the extra frame, and Dallas persevered to a four-point victory.
The Crusaders won bench points (25-11), points-in-the-paint (30-22) and points-off-turnovers (15-11).
Dallas hosts Colorado College on Saturday, Jan. 12, in an 8 p.m. tip-off at the Maher Athletic Center, as both teams jockey for position in conference.