Josh Reding (Spencerport) hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to send a fierce battle between Alfred State and Houghton into overtime tied at 80-80. The Pioneers took an early lead in the extra session and earned the 91-87 victory.
Houghton controlled most of the 1st half and held a 42-33 lead at the break. The Pioneers came out fast in the second half and went on a 20-3 run to grab a 53-45 lead with just over 14 minutes left in the game. The team exchanged runs the rest of the way (the game featured six lead changes and 10 ties). With the game tied at 75-75, Scottie Berghaus hit a three pointer with 29 seconds left. Markel Jenkins (Elmira) made it 78-77 with a basket for the Pioneers before AJ Bass hit two foul shots to set up one last chance for the Pioneers. After a timeout with 12.3 seconds left, Reding dribbled the ball down the court and was able to hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to tie the contest up at 80-80 with four seconds left. Houghton's shot at the buzzer after a timeout fell short.
Reding hit another three-pointer in the first possession of overtime and the Pioneers never gave up the lead. The Highlanders had a shot to tie the game with under ten seconds left but a contested shot fell short. Reding hit a pair of foul shots and sealed the victory.
Reding finished the game with a game-high 25 points to go along with eight assists. He was 5 for 8 from three and 6 for 6 from the foul line. Jenkins was 7 for 9 from the field and finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds to record his first career double-double. Ryan Gentile (Spencerport) hit three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points while Jahmel Demery (Rochester/Eastridge) chipped in 10.
Jordan Holmes led Houghton with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Berghaus (five 3-pointers) finished with 17. Isander Ramos-Net finished the night with 14 points, six assists, and five boards.
Alfred State shot 48.5% from the field for the day, hit 8 of 22 three-point attempts, and was 59.4% from the foul line while Houghton shot 50.7% from the field, hit 8 of 22 from three, and was 5 for 10 from the foul line.
The Pioneers open up AMCC play on Saturday with at trip to Penn State Behrend. Opening tip is slated for 2 p.m.