Dons win overtime thriller on the Hilltop



Taavi Jurkatamm (34) corrals a rebound in the Dons matchup against Pepperdine on Feb. 22. DONS ATHLETICS/FLICKR

Christopher Francis

Staff Writer

The Dons men’s basketball team played hard and won an overtime thriller against the Pepperdine University Waves on Feb. 22, picking up the win 63-61. This was the third overtime contest of the season for the Dons, improving their record in such games to 2-1. Senior Charles Minlend scored a team-high 19 points on 7-19 shooting from the floor while picking up 12 rebounds, picking up his fourth career double-double. After the first half, the Dons were up 28-27 and played an equally good second half, but saw themselves trailing 58-56 late in the game. Minlend went to the free-throw line and nailed his two late free throws to knot the game at 58 apiece. In overtime it was senior Jordan Ratinho who played the role of hero, getting to the charity stripe and sinking three of four chances to put the game out of the Waves’ reach.

The difference in this game came down to bench scoring and depth, where the Dons got 25 points to the Waves’ two points. Where the Dons really excelled was in their free throw shooting, finishing the night 75% (6-8) from the free-throw line, a critical area in a close contest, but saw dismal returns from the floor. The team combined for a 32.4% (22-68) mark from the floor, improving slightly from behind the arc at 34.5% (10-29). However, the Dons showed off their grit and grind with a dominant performance on the boards, netting a season-high 53 rebounds against the Waves. Their’ previous high was in the season opener against Sonoma State on Nov. 5.

The Dons will play their final home game of the season on Feb. 27 against the Portland Pilots. Senior Night will kick off at 7 p.m. in the Sobrato Center.

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