YORK, Neb. — The Southwestern College men’s basketball team battled back from double digits in the second half Saturday afternoon to force overtime, but fell short in an 82-78 KCAC loss at York.

The Moundbuilders (5-3, 2-1 KCAC) withstood a barrage of 3-pointers by the Panthers, who drained 7 of 15 from the arc in the first half.

York held a double-digit advantage for the tail end of the first half, building the lead as large as 13 before settling for a 41-30 lead at the break.

Southwestern shot just below 33 percent in the half, including 0 of 7 from behind the arc.

The Panthers (1-2, 1-0) built their margin as high as 14 on a 3-pointer by Webster Simeus 1:01 into the second half.

Southwestern battled back with a 12-0 run with 14:46 to go.

York built the lead back up to seven on a put-back by Allen White with 7:41 remaining, but the Builders responded with an 8-0 run, taking a 63-62 lead in a steal and basket by Noah Webster at the 4:50 mark.

A basket by Steele Gaston-Chapman with 2:40 to go gave the Builders a five-point lead, 69-64.

Southwestern led by three, but Keyaun Hoskin buried a 3-pointer with 0.3 of a second remaining in regulation to sent the game into overtime.

Southwestern jumped out to an early six-point advantage and was up on the scoreboard until less than a minute left in the extra session, but the Panthers again used timely 3-point shooting to regain the lead on back-to-back treys by Tyreece Berry. A costly turnover from the Builders with less than 30 seconds to go allowed York to make it a two-possession game and hang on for the victory.

The Moundbuilders played without two starters, but saw a big-scoring performance from junior Braylon Steen, who finished with 28 points and nine rebounds. Senior Troy Baker recorded a double-double with 18 points and 15 boards, while Gaston-Chapman and Noah Webster also cracked double figures with 11 points apiece.

The Builders were slated to play Tuesday night at home in nonconference action against Barclay.

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