Covenant Downs No. 23 Emory On Barnette Three Pointer

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Chris Barnette did it again.

Barnette hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and the Covenant men's basketball team ran past No. 23 Emory in the extra session for a 69-58 victory inside Barnes PE Center on Tuesday night.

With 2.6 seconds left and the Scots trailing 55-52, Jonathan Gernatt found Barnette on an inbounds pass and Barnette pump-faked the defender before launching a 3-pointer that swished through the net as time expired to send the game into overtime.

In the overtime session, it was all Covenant (5-2).
The Scots used a 7-0 run to break a 57-57 tie as Promise Igbanu gave Covenant a 64-57 lead with his basket with 1:54 remaining. The Scots outscored the visiting Eagles 14-3 in the extra period.

The win was the first over a ranked opponent for the Scots since defeating Emory at home in 2016. The Scots have won the last two meetings with the Eagles inside Barnes PE Center. It was the fourth game-winning or game-tying basket in the final seconds for Barnette in his career as a Scot.

Will Crumly had a game-high 24 points with eight rebounds in the win. Crumly scored 19 of his game-high 24 in the second half and overtime as Covenant erased a double-digit halftime deficit.

Igbanu tied a career-high with 16 points to go along with six rebounds. Barnette added 10 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.

Covenant trailed 31-20 at the half after shooting just 21.7 percent in the opening half. The Scots held a 15-14 lead with eight minutes left, but Emory went on a 17-5 run to end the period.

The Scots never led in the second half. Igbanu hit a 3-pointer to trim the Scots' deficit to 49-46 with 5:15 left, but baskets from Emory's Mason Johnson and Greg Lawrence put the visitors up 53-46 with 3:50 remaining.

With 30 seconds left, Covenant trailed 55-50 and forced Emory into a shot clock violation. On the ensuing Scots possession, Crumly converted a tough layup to get the Scots within 55-52 with 18 seconds left. Emory missed the front-end of a one-and-one on the next possession, leaving the door open for the Scots.

With 2.6 seconds left, Covenant inbounded and Barnette drilled a 3-pointer from the corner that sent the Barnes PE Center crowd into a frenzy and the game into overtime.

Emory (4-3) received 18 points and 11 rebounds from Logan Shanahan, while Nick Stuck had 15 points and seven rebounds. The Eagles shot 30.9 percent (25-of-81) from the field but had 19 second-chance points on 22 offensive rebounds.

Covenant shot 38.2 percent (21-of-55) for the game and 22-of-26 at the foul line. Crumly went 10-of-12 from the stripe and Jackson Fitzgerald was a perfect 4-for-4 at the line in overtime to seal the win.

Covenant opens USA South play at Huntingdon on Saturday in Montgomery, Ala. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST).


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