Jacksonville, Fla. – A pair of Adrienne Jackson free throws with 1:56 remaining in the third overtime gave the North Florida Ospreys the go-ahead points as they defeated USC Upstate 77-74 in UNF Arena on Saturday afternoon.
North Florida improves to 9-16 overall and 2-8 in the ASUN while Upstate drops to 9-16 and 2-8.
Raven Jefferson led Upstate with 20 points as four players finished in double figures. Tamera Thorpe scored 17 points off of the bench while Vanessa Agrusa added 13 and Riley Popplewell 10. Agrusa, Popplewell and Jefferson each grabbed six rebounds.
Tesh Hanson and Jaiveonna Norris each scored 14 points to lead North Florida. Simone Brown (12), Sierra Shepherd (11), Claire Ioannidis (10) and Jackson (10) each finished in double figures.
- Jefferson got Upstate on the board to start the first quarter before the Ospreys enjoyed a 9-4 lead following a Hanson layup at the 6:10 mark. Upstate answered with a 7-0 run to lead 11-9 following a Thorpe layup with 4:22 to play. North Florida led 15-13 at the end of the opening period.
- Brittney Delva's 3-pointer at the 2:04 mark of the second quarter gave Upstate a 26-20 lead, its largest of the game. Both teams made a pair of free throws before a Brown layup just before the buzzer trimmed the Upstate lead to 28-24 heading into halftime.
- Maiya Rumph gave the hosts a 29-28 advantage at the 8:19 mark of the third quarter before Upstate reclaimed the lead on an Agrusa jumper. After a pair of Hanson free throws tied the game at 40-40, Thorpe made the back end of two free throws with 34 seconds left to give the Spartans a 41-40 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
- Ioannidis gave North Florida a 51-50 edge thanks to a 3-pointer with 2:48 remaining. Upstate reclaimed the lead, 53-51, on a Thorpe layup with 1:50 to play only to see Brown even the score on a layup with 32 seconds remaining. Popplewell gave Upstate a 55-53 edge thanks to a layup with six seconds remaining in regulation but Brown forced overtime as her jumper fell just before time expired.
- Consecutive layups by Brown and Hanson gave North Florida a 59-56 edge with just under three minutes to play in the first overtime period. Delva gave Upstate a 61-59 lead after making the first of two free throws with 10 seconds to play only to see Ioannidis force a second overtime on a late jumper.
- With North Florida leading 66-63 with under three minutes left in the second overtime, Agrusa tied the game at 66-66 thanks to a jumper and a free throw. Shepherd gave the Ospreys a 69-66 lead on her 3-pointer with 51 seconds left, but Jefferson extended the game for an additional overtime as she answered with a 3-pointer with just over 30 seconds left.
- Norris gave North Florida a 73-72 lead thanks to a layup at the 2:39 mark of the third overtime. Jefferson gave the Spartans a 74-73 edge after she made both of her free throws with 2:18 to play. Jackson was fouled and gave the Ospreys the lead for good on her free throws at the 1:56 mark as Upstate came up empty on its next three possessions. Ioannidis sealed the game with two free throws with just over a second to play.
By the Numbers
- Today's game was the first triple overtime game for Upstate in the Division I era.
- Jefferson played a game-high 50 minutes.
- The game featured 16 ties and had 13 lead changes.
- Neither team led by more than six points throughout the contest.
- The Ospreys held a 49-31 advantage on the glass.
- North Florida converted 14 of 16 free throw attempts (87.5 percent) while Upstate went 18-for-29 (62.1 percent) at the charity stripe.
- Upstate travels to Jacksonville on Monday at 7 p.m.