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Courtesy: Florida A&M Sports Information
Rattlers Battle Longwood to 86-83 Overtime Loss
By: Florida A&M Sports Information  
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 23) - The Florida A&M Men's Basketball went down with guns blaring, leaving it all on the court, but in the end they fell to Longwood University 86-83 in overtime in their third game of the Las Vegas Invitational, here Friday afternoon at Orleans Arena.

FAMU would close out the second half with a 10-4 run as they tied the contest at 73-73 on a Muhammad Abdul-Aleem put back with 1:05 left in the contest.

LU would have two attempts to win the contest as David Robinson missed a three pointer with :58 seconds and then Tristian Carey would miss a pair of free-throws with seven seconds left in the game as Abdul-Aleem would grab the defensive rebounds to send the game into overtime.

Markee Teal gave the Rattlers a 77-76 lead with a put back with 3:20 to go in the overtime period.

Nik Brown would regain the lead for the Elwoods on a pair of free throws with 2:25 left in the game contest, giving LU a 78-77 lead.

Abdul-Aleem would tie the game at 81-81 on a jumper with 1:34 to go in the contest.

Brown would hit a free throw to reclaim the lead for LU with 1:21 in the game, making the score 82-81 in favor of the Elwoods.

That would be as close as the Rattlers would get as LU would hold on for the 86-83 win.

FAMU had four Rattlers to score in double-figures as Jamie Adams scored a team-high 26 points, followed by Jamari Bradshaw with 18, while both Team and Adbul-Aleem finished with 14 points each. Walter Davis led FAMU on the boards with eight, while both Teal and Bradshaw finished with seven rebounds each.

LU had four Elwoods to score in double-figures as Carey scored a game-high 30 points, followed by Brown with 21. Both Michael Kessens and Jeylani Dublin finished with a double-double as Kessen scored 14 points and pulled down 16 boards and Dublin tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Elwoods.

The Elwoods jumped out to a 17-10 lead on a Carey three-pointer with 14:08 to go in the first half.

FAMU would regain the lead on a Bradshaw layup with 9:29 to go in the half, making the score 22-17, capping a 12-0 run by the Rattlers.

LU would counter with a run of their own as they closed out the half with a 10-5 run to take a 34-33 lead into the break.

FAMU finished the first half shooting 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field, while LU finished the half shooting 46.2 percent (12-of-26).

The Rattlers opened the second half with a 41-38 lead as Adams nailed a free throw with a17:51 to go in the second half. Then the Rattlers would extend their lead to 47-43 on a three-pointer by Bradshaw with 16:52 to go in the game.

A Carey free throw with 11:51 to go in the game cut FAMU's lead to 53-52. LU would then take a 56-55 lead on a Brown layup with 9:38 to go in the game.

LU would extend their lead to 61-56 on a Brown free-throw with 7:15 to go in the game.
A pair of free throws by Abdul-Aleem would cut LU's lead to 65-63.

The Rattlers finished the game shooting 48.5 percent (33-of-68) , while the Elwoods shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62). LU held the rebounding edge over FAMU 42-34.

FAMU will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 as they will take on Presbyterian at 3 p.m. at the Orlean Center in their final game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

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