Highlanders Rally in Thrilling Overtime Victory Over North Alabama


NEWARK, N.J. – The NJIT Highlanders (17-5, 5-2 ASUN) completed a comeback win in overtime to defeat North Alabama (8-15, 5-3 ASUN) at the Wellness and Events Center on Sunday, 76-70. WATCH: North Alabama vs. NJIT Highlights Donovan Greer's game-tying three pointer with five seconds left sent the game into overtime where NJIT sealed the win after trailing for more than 17 minutes in the second half. "Even when we were down seven points with three minutes to go, no one panicked," head coach Brian Kennedy said. "Everyone knew it was a three possession game and the guys really showed great composure." Sophomore Zach Cooks finished with 21 points and senior Abdul Lewis collected a double-double on 17 points and 13 rebounds. NJIT overtakes North Alabama for third place in the ASUN Conference standings behind Liberty and Lipscomb. The Highlanders opened their scoring solely via Abdul Lewis and San Antonio Brinson, who collectively scored the opening 13 points of the game. Alternatively, North Alabama spread the ball and featured five different scorers as they took an early 17-13 lead midway through the first half. Greer made a pair of free throws and Cooks rallied with five points to spark an 11-0 run and take their first lead of the game by the eight minute mark. Diandre Wilson, Cooks and Greer each added a three pointer each, but North Alabama answered each basket with one of their own. Cooks, Lewis and Wilson each finished with eight points as the teams entered the locker room tied, 34-34. Lewis secured his third double-double in four games within the first couple minutes of the second half. However, North Alabama came out firing, shooting 50% from the field in the opening 10 minutes of the half to provide the Lions a cushion, which last most of the half. NJIT pushed in the final five minutes, applying full court pressure. Late offensive rebounds for the Lions burned time off the clock, but Cooks turned one of his three steals into a layup with 2:30 left in the game to cut the lead to four points. NJIT's defense forced a shot clock violation with just over one minu