The Bulldogs dug a 20-5 hole in the first 8 minutes of the game on Wednesday night against Bryan College, but managed to comeback and win in overtime 107-104. The win for Tennessee Wesleyan leaves them tied for first in the AAC with Bluefield College.
Coming off the bench, Booher hit a trio of treys and Smith one as the Bulldogs climbed within three, 26-23, but Bryan went on to lead, 40-33, at the half.
Despite a combined 11 points by Smith and Scates, the Lions extended their lead to 13, 64-51, nine minutes into the second half. Booher hit another "3" and the Bulldogs began to chip away. Trailing by eight, Scates converted two free throws; E'Jay Ward turned a steal into two points; Matt Harper nailed a "3" and Desmond Crisp scored inside to hand TWC its first lead of the night, 75-74, with six minutes to play. Smith netted 10 points as the teams swapped points and the lead before a Crisp basket put Wesleyan in front again, 92-91. Bryan, however, went up 95-92 with 5.8 seconds to play and Poe called a timeout. Booher's off-balance shot from 25 feet as the horn sounded was good. Bryan protested the shot came after the horn, but the officials counted the bucket, sending the game to overtime knotted at 95.
Wesleyan trailed, 99-97, before Ward buried a 3-pointer at the 2:50 mark of the five-minute extra session. Crisp and Smith followed with baskets to open a 104-99 advantage. Smith would then hit three of four free throws and Bryan missed a 3-pointer as time expired.
Smith amassed his 42 points by hitting 14 of 20 shots from the field with six 3-pointers and eight nine free throws. Booher tallied 20 points; Scates 20 points; Crisp 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists and Ward handed out nine assists.