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The Golden Eagles trailed for most of the game and were down as many as 16 points in the second half tonight against #1 University of St. Francis but they rallied and finally pulled even at 78-78 with 31 seconds remaining on a 3-point shot from Ronald Bates. The Cougars called timeout with 17 seconds remaining to set up a play but they would come up empty and Cornerstone got an opportunity to win it but wasn't able to take advantage as the clock ran out so the game went into overtime. Ronald Bates opened the OT period with a 2-point basket and the Golden Eagles would not trail again in the game as they went on to defeat the Cougars 92-89.
Caleb Simons led the Golden Eagles recorded his first double double of the season scoring 28 points (11-18 fg, 6-9 ft) and pulling down 13 rebounds in the game. Ronald Bates shot 50% (7-14 fg, 2-4 3-pt) and scored 16 points with 4 rebounds for Cornerstone. Justin Yoder and Bryan Pasciak scored 14 and 12 respectively for the Golden Eagles. Cornerstone shot 50.75% (34-57) from the field while University of St. Francis shot only 43.06% (31-72) from the floor. Cornerstone won the battle of the boards 48-36. Cornerstone improves to 4-0 on the season. Coach Elders is now 4-0 against teams ranked #1 in the country in his career. The Golden Eagles will return to action this weekend when they travel to NY to take on Daemen College at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Roberts Wesleyan University at noon on Saturday.