South Suburban College
Late 3-pointer by nationally-ranked South Sub sinks Chiefs in season opener
Opponent: Chiefs at Bulldogs
72 - 74 (L)
Nationally-ranked South Suburban College nailed a three-pointer in the final seconds to knock off the Chiefs 74-72 in the season opener for both teams. Waubonsee raced out to a 43-30 half time lead before the Bulldogs battled back to knot the score with six minutes to go. Waubonsee grabbed a five-point lead with four minutes remaining in regulation, but again could not hold off South Suburban, ranked 19th in the nation in the NJCAA’s Division II Pre-Season poll. Tied at 71 in the final minute, the Bulldogs grabbed the lead on a three-pointer with 0:06.8 left. South Suburban then fouled the Chiefs’ Alec Goetz before he could get off a potential game-tying three-pointer, sending him to the foul line for two free throws. Goetz made the first foul shot and purposely missed the second, but Waubonsee was unable to corral the rebound as time expired.
Three Chiefs’ players reached double digits in scoring, led by Chris Buckley’s 12 points. Naiem Johnson contributed 11 points, made three steals, handed out three assists and grabbed five rebounds in 21 minutes of playing time. Goetz chipped in with 11 points, while Elliot McGaughy booked five assists, and Chris Bryson and Mika Hopkins each added nine points. South Suburban out rebounded the Chiefs 46-37, grabbing 23 offensive boards to get numerous second chance scoring opportunities.