Jim Turner had career highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds and scored five straight points midway through the extra period to lead Brown to a 90-85 overtime victory over American this afternoon at the Meadowlands. The loss was the Eagles' fourth straight.
With the score tied at 78 and 2:02 to play in the extra period, Turner converted a three-point play and 20 seconds later added two free throws to give Brown (4-5) an 83-78 lead, and the Bruins never trailed again.
American (5-4) had appeared to have the game in hand after Chuck West (25 points) completed a three-point play with 12:40 left in regulation that gave the Eagles a 56-44 lead. But Brown outscored American, 19-8, in the next seven minutes to trail by one, 64-63, when Turner hit a short jumper in the lane with 5:42 left in the period. Brown took the lead, 67-66, with 3:09 left.
With Brown ahead, 73-70, with 1:09 left, American's Frank Ross (23 points) stole the ball from Keiron Bigby and fed Mike Sampson (11 points, 11 assists) for a three-point play that tied it with 43 seconds left. On Brown's next possession, Bigby was called for walking, and American got the ball with 39 seconds left. The Eagles played for the last shot but made a bad pass, and regulation ended in a loose-ball scramble.