Men’s Basketball: Waubonsee holds off Aurora JV
By Bill Kindt For Sun-Times Media December 4, 2012 10:36PM
Updated: December 4, 2012 11:00PM
Most basketball games aren’t determined by free throws.
This one was.
Waubonsee Community College knocked down seven of eight free throws in overtime Tuesday night to hold off the Aurora University junior varsity, 79-71.
Actually, it was more of an escape than a victory for the 6-3 Chiefs. AU could have won the game in regulation.
The Spartans (2-3) and Chiefs were tied at 68 with time running down. AU’s Gavin Walker drove the lane and got off a shot that bounced off the rim. Walker was able to tip the rebound back at the basket but it too failed to drop.
Waubonsee took a 70-68 early lead in the extra session when Carlton Rose (10 points) scored inside after a steal by Timothy Townes.
AU, which practiced at Thornton Gym before making the short drive to Sugar Grove, wasn’t finished. Sean Gant buried a trey from the top of the circle for a 71-70 AU lead with 3:31 remaining.
It proved to be the last gasp for an obviously tired AU team. The Spartans couldn’t buy a basket the rest of the way and were forced to foul.
The Chiefs won the game at the free throw line where Marcus Franklin, Townes and D.J. Vaughn all hit a pair of free throws and Tramell Weathersby knocked down one of two.
That gave the Chiefs a 77-71 lead and the Spartans were left without any ammunition.
AU freshman CJ Schutt led all scorers with 21 points and Gant added 20 for the Spartans.
Both Weathersby (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Franklin (13 and 13) had double-doubles for the Chiefs while Rose and Derrick Johnson each had 10 points.
Yet it was less than an artistic victory for the Chiefs. Waubonsee turned the ball over 24 times and made just 3-of-14 three-point shots.
The Spartans also had trouble shooting, hitting only 24-of-68 shots. AU was also a cold 8-of-36 from beyond the three-point arc.