MOBERLY, Mo. – A dazzling exchange of perimeter jumpers raised the intensity as the Mineral Area men’s basketball team sought a massive road victory on Saturday night.
But two turnovers on errant passes proved costly in overtime, and 19th-ranked Moberly made six of eight free throws during the extra session to prevail 71-65.
Forward Tyree White threw down three powerful dunks and scored 17 points for the Greyhounds (18-3, 3-0), pulled even at 59-59 with two minutes left in regulation.
Each team followed with three empty possessions, including a key offensive foul that was called against MAC forward Kevin Hamlet on a spin move with 10 seconds left.
Maurice Edwards had all six overtime points for the Cardinals (16-5, 1-2), including a difficult bank shot that resulted in his team’s final lead of the night.
Sean Miller-Moore answered with a slashing drive, and prompted a 6-0 Moberly run before a second-chance jumper by Dallas Morgan created a 65-61 margin.
White converted a third-chance putback for a 68-63 lead, and three free throws by Billy Thomas on two trips to the stripe sealed the outcome after Edwards made a layup.
Randy Miller, Jr. netted 15 points and Morgan tallied 13 for Moberly. That tandem combined for six 3-pointers after the home team played nearly 29 minutes without making one.
Jamie Ahale drained 3-pointers and scored a game-high 18 for the Cardinals, who achieved their largest lead of the second half at 44-38 when Bobby Parker connected from well beyond the arc.
Miller answered with back-to-back triples, and Morgan dropped in another to cap a 9-0 Moberly spurt. Ahale fired back with two straight 3-pointers as MAC regained a 50-47 edge.
Roman Young struck from deep range just seconds before halftime to push the Cardinals in front 28-26, and Zach Cameron converted a high putback with contact plus the free throw for a 38-34 lead.
Parker notched 15 points in defeat. Mineral Area challenged the Greyhounds from the outset, and put together an ideal 10-2 start that Lance Singh capped with another 3-pointer.
Moberly produced a 14-2 response, and gained an 18-14 lead when Miller-Moore slashed through the lane for a layup.
Long jumpers by Ahale – who netted a rare 4-point play after being knocked down – and Parker revived the Cardinals, who registered only three two-point field goals before intermission.
Dmonta Harris netted three second-half baskets off the bench for the Cardinals, who will travel to MCCAC foe St. Louis on Wednesday.