MIAMI — Colt Summers downed three of four free throws in overtime to help Miami squeeze out a 47-44 victory over Jay Tuesday night in the basketball season opener for both teams.
In overtime, the game was tied at 44 on buckets by Kameron Jinks and Garrett Sweeney, then the Wardogs took the lead for good with a Summers' free throw with 22.4 ticks left.
Jay had a chance to tie the game or take the lead four seconds later, but Tyler Battiest missed the front end of a one-and-one.
Summers sealed the victory with a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds left.
Bulldog guard Stormy Taylor missed a 3-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer.
“We found some matchups in the second half that we could exploit,” Miami coach Rusty Mercer said. “Kameron had a huge second half. He and Colt had big second halves offensively. I thought our defense was pretty good the entire game.”
Summers finished with 22 points and Jinks added 12. Caden Mercer chipped in with eight, Hayward scored three and Ben Pulley netted two.
“Alec had a ton of rebounds … he got about every rebound in the second half,” Rusty Mercer said.
The Wardogs, who trailed by 10 at the half (26-16), caught fire in the third quarter, grabbing a 31-30 advantage.
They were up 37-34 with 4:24 left in regulation only to have Jay use a 5-0 run to take a 39-37 lead at 2:58 to play.
A bucket from inside by Alec Hayward on a feed from Summers made it 39-39, but the Bulldogs grabbed the lead again when Sweeney drained a 3-point goal with 1:54 left in regulation.
Hayward hit the second of a two-shot foul to make it a two-point margin, then Kameron Jinks drove for a layup to tie the game at the 49.1-second mark.
Miami had a chance to win the Verdigris Valley Conference game in regulation, but Summers misfired on a trey from the left corner.
“To start the game off, I thought we had a good feel on the offensive end then we just really got out of sync,” Rusty Mercer said. “Part of our problems during the scrimmages was we just got a little impatient. We're not quite as explosive as we have been, so we're going to have to buy into the fact that we will need longer possessions and not get so impatient.”
Miami travels to Oologah Friday night.