Bernie in the Queen City: Alumni and Others Enjoy Thriller in Charlotte

Charlotte-webOn December 4th, more than 200 member s of the Limestone College family-including alumni, parents of basketball players, students, faculty, and staff-invaded Charlotte, NC's Time Warner Cable Arena to watch a thrilling three-overtime matchup between the Limestone men's Saints basketball team and the Catawba Indians.

Those who purchased specially-priced tickets through the Limestone Alumni Association received the added bonus of admission to that evening's NBA clash between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Take a look at a photo slideshow from the trip !

During the afternoon game between the Saints and the Indians, Limestone redshirt-junior forward Jarrell Douglass (Leesburg, Fla.) scored a career-high 47 points as Limestone (5-2, 2-0) rallied from a 22-point second half deficit and barely fell 105-104 in triple overtime against Catawba (4-3, 1-0 SAC) in a Division II men's basketball game on Saturday, December 11. The game was played at Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

Trailing 80-65 with 4:19 remaining in the game, Limestone used a 15-1 run that was capped off by a game-tying fast break layup by junior guard Stewart Clark (Atlanta, Ga.) to knot the game at 82-82 and send it to overtime.

In that extra session the Saints took their first lead since early in the first half as a Douglass jumper gave them an 84-83 advantage at the 4:16 mark. It would be short lived as Catawba answered right back with a three-pointer by freshman guard Keon Moore to give them an 86-84 advantage.

Trailing 93-90 with 14 seconds to play and needing to go the length of the court, Limestone junior guard Ashton Ford (Charlotte, N.C.) drilled a fade-away three pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining and forced a second overtime.

In that frame, the teams went back-and forth until Limestone trailed 101-100 with 42 seconds remaining. After a pair of possessions, the Saints' Douglass got the ball on the left block and slammed it home with one second remaining for a 102-101 lead. A technical foul on Limestone then put Catawba at the line for a pair of free throws. Following a made shot on the first attempt, a miss on the second sent the game to a third overtime tied at 102-102.

As a result of a time deadline set by the Charlotte Bobcats, the third overtime was shortened to two minutes and each team received one 30-second timeout. Douglass struck again with another powerful dunk in the third extra frame but it would be a questionable foul on his block attempt with seconds to play that would enable Catawba to sink a pair of foul shots and pull out the 105-104 victory.