As the final buzzer of regulation sounded with the game tied 61-61, Alexander Grace (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) lay on the floor in pain following a collision. Five minutes later when the next buzzer went off, Grace found himself back on the floor – this time in sheer joy and after giving the Devils a 68-66 win over Oswego.
The sophomore was inserted back into the game when leading scorer Tyrone Clark fouled out during the overtime period. With the score tied again, and time winding down, Robert Lyles (Peekskill) missed a jumper with two seconds left – but Grace, the 5-foot, 9-inch guard, grabbed the rebound and launched a perfect rainbow that found nothing but net as the buzzer sounded. His shot sent off a celebration by his teammates as they mobbed him as time expired.
Grace finished with six points. Clark would finish with 32 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Lyles played all 45 minutes and finished with 12 points.
The first half saw three lead changes and three ties, with neither team separated by any more than seven points. Oswego took a 28-25 lead into the half as both teams played a methodical, slow paced brand of offense.
The action picked up the second half, but was played even closer. Over the final 16:10 of regulation, neither team led by more than four points. The Devils outscored Oswego 36-33 in the half.
Late in regulation, with Oswego up 61-59, Clark sliced through the lane and tied the game with 24 seconds to go. A missed layup by Oswego’s Daniel Ross on the ensuing possession resulted in a John Kovach rebound, Grace on the floor in pain and the overtime period, setting up Grace’s heroics.
Oswego (6-6 SUNYAC, 12-7 overall) was led by Ross with 27 points. Rashawn Powell had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Devils (2-10, 5-14) travel to Oneonta and New Paltz next weekend.