CLINTON — The Ashford University women’s basketball team won its first Midwest Classic Conference game of the season Wednesday, using overtime to post an 80-66 victory over Viterbo at Kehl Arena.

After that, the Ashford men forced overtime, as well, before losing a 71-68 decision.

In the women’s game, the Saints had a 59-53 lead with 3 minutes, 15 seconds left when the V-Hawks came up with an 8-0 run to take command.

However, Lindsey Miller — who scored a game-high 22 points — hit a pair of free throws with :10 left to tie the game.

A desperation shot by the V-Hawks at the buzzer was off the mark to force overtime.

Charity Turnbull (18 points) got things going for the Saints in the first minute of overtime with a drive-in and jump shot to start a run.

The Saints, who had a good night at the charity line (27-for-31), then connected on 13-of-14 free throws to secure the victory and start the celebration.

Megan Van Hyfte (18 points) and Megan Beelman were each 4-of-4 from the line in overtime.

The Saints had two leads in the first half, the first at 6-5 and the other at 12-11.

The visitors came up with an 8-0 run as Leah Olson (team-high 21 points) hit three straight field goals to put the visitors ahead 19-12.

The Saints roared back to cut the gap to a point at 22-21, but Viterbo pulled away for a 29-23 lead.

Ashford (5-18, 1-9 MCC) gradually clawed back in the second half and eventually regained the lead. The hosts held until Viterbo (10-15, 3-6 MCC) came back to force overtime.

“This was a great game and a good win tonight,” said Ashford coach Chris Powers. “We’ve had some close games in the past, but tonight we executed on defense and got good contribution from the bench. We also hit our free throws, which really made the difference.”

Men’s Game

The Saints had a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures, paced by Travis Eversmeyer (game-high with 19 points with the aid of five 3-pointers), Nick Lawrence (13 points), Aaron Thais (12) and Somori Mussington and Cash Bimm (11 each).

The Saints held the lead nearly the entire game except for being tied once in the first half at 18-all and then again at 53-all with the clock showing 5:09 left in the game.

The V-Hawks (9-14, 6-3 MCC) were down 51-43 when they came up with a 17-2 run to go ahead 60-53 with just over a minute to go.

Eversmeyer connected on a 3-pointer and Mussington added a traditional three-point play to bring the Saints (5-18, 1-8 MCC) within a point with :35 left.

The Saints were forced to foul and the V-Hawks’ Kyle Hines (team-high 17 points) hit a pair of free throws to go on top by three points.

With time running out on the Saints, Eversmeyer took a long pass in the corner and hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with seconds to go.

The V-Hawks got three field goals to go on top by five points at 68-63 with one minute left in the extra period.

Thais hit two baskets, one a 3-pointer, to cut the margin to two points but the visitors hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.

The Saints jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the game as Eversmeyer opened with a 3-pointer, Lawrence hit a couple of free throws and Bimm scored inside.

They increased their lead to 11 points, but the V-Hawks used a big run to tie the game at 18-all.

The teams exchanged baskets during the remainder of the first half with the Saints holding a five-point lead of 32-27 at halftime.

The Saints got a 3-pointer from Eversmeyer and a bucket from Mussington to open the second half and increase their lead to 10 points at 37-27.

But that lead didn’t last very long as the V-Hawks came up with a 10-2 run to move within two points at 39-37 with 13:04 showing on the clock.

Now it was the Saints’ turn as they came up with a run to go back on top by eight before the V-Hawks’ rallied. That was followed by Ashford’s comeback and the subsequent overtime.

“It was another great effort, but again we had trouble with turnovers,” said Ashford coach Andy Eberhart. “Our guys gave up too many rebounds and extra-chance shots. I thought our guys played hard and never gave up, but we couldn’t execute when we needed to.”

WOMEN’S GAME

VITERBO (66)

Alyssa Kammel 7-13 0-0 18, Leah Olson 6-16 5-7 21, Audrah Berger 2-6 0-0 6, Kaitlyn Lane 0-5 1-2 1, Anne Wilson 5-13 1-2 11, Kerra Stumbris 0-3 0-0 0, Lindsey Mizak 1-4 0-0 3, Amber Soper 3-4 0-1 6, Raelyn Hayes 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-65 7-12 66.

ASHFORD (80)

Tasha Glasgow 0-1 0-0 0, Charity Turnbull 8-12 0-0 18, Megan Van Hyfte 5-11 8-9 18, Lindsey Miller 7-14 8-10 22, Megan Beelman 1-5 6-6 8, Kayla Mangler 1-5 2-2 4, Meagan Jaeger 1-2 0-0 3, Jakki Alexander 2-8 3-4 7, Missy Hybarger 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-58 27-31 80.

Halftime score—Viterbo 29, Ashford 23. 3-point field goals—Viterbo 11-32 (Kammel 4-9, Olson 4-9, Berger 2-3, Mizak 1-4, Lane 0-1, Wilson 0-3, Stumbris 0-3); Ashford 3-10 (Turnbull 2-3, Jaeger 1-1, Beelman 0-3, Mangler 0-2, Glasgow 0-1). Rebounds—Viterbo 33 (Wilson 10); Ashford 35 (Miller 10, Alexander 8, Van Hyfte 5, Beelman 4, Mangler 3, Turnbull 3, Hybarger 2). Assists—Viterbo 14 (Kammel 5); Ashford 15 (Turnbull 10, Beelman 3, Glasgow, Mangler). Steals—Viterbo 4 (Kammel, Berger, Lane, Wilson); Ashford 8 (Alexander 2, Mangler 2, Van Hyfte 2, Turnbull, Jaeger). Turnovers—Viterbo 19, Ashford 12. Total fouls—Viterbo 22, Ashford 13. Fouled out—Viterbo (Berger).

Records—Viterbo 10-15, 3-6 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 5-18, 1-8. Next game—Ashford at St. Ambrose, 1 p.m. Saturday.

MEN’S GAME

VITERBO (71)

Greg Kumlien 3-10 2-2 12, Greg Jefferies 2-3 0-0 5, Kyle Hines 6-13 3-4 17, Justin Kirking 5-9 0-3 10, Jeremy Fradette 4-13 4-6 12, Brad Hammann 2-4 1-1 5, Adam Jacobson 0-0 1-2 1, Tim Porterfield 6-14 0-0 14. Totals 28-66 9-16 71.

ASHFORD (68)

Aaron Thais 4-10 2-2 12, Travis Eversmeyer 7-13 0-0 19, Nick Lawrence 5-13 2-2 13, Somori Mussington 5-6 1-1 11, Cash Bimm 5-8 1-2 11, Jawaan Willis 0-2 0-0 0, Patrick Steele 1-2 0-0 2, Chaz Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Ryan Hadra 0-0 0-0 0, Lucas Lee 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 27-58 6-7 68.

Halftime score—Ashford 32, Viterbo 27. 3-point field goals—Viterbo 6-23 (Porterfield 2-8, Hines 2-5, Kumlien 1-6, Jefferies 1-2, Hammann 0-2); Ashford 8-28 (Eversmeyer 5-11, Thais 2-7, Lawrence 1-5, Bimm 0-1, Jones 0-1, Lee 0-2). Rebounds—Viterbo 29 (Fradette 8); Ashford 30 (Mussington 7, Thais 6, Lee 5, Lawrence 4, Eversmeyer 4, Bimm 2, Steele, Jones). Assists—Viterbo 13 (Kumlien 5); Ashford 19 (Thais 9, Lawrence 4, Mussington 2, Bimm, Jones, lee). Steals—Viterbo 13 (Kumlien 4); Ashford 3 (Thais 2, Eversmeyer). Turnovers—Viterbo 10, Ashford 19. Total fouls—Viterbo 11, Ashford 17. Fouled out—Ashford (Mussington). Technical fouls—Viterbo (Kirking); Ashford (Lee).

Records—Viterbo 9-14, 6-3 Midwest Classic Conference; Ashford 5-18, 1-8. Next game—Ashford at St. Ambrose, 3 p.m. Saturday.

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