MILWAUKEE – Jamie Spanbauer scored 23 points and hit the game-winning shot with 19.3 seconds remaining as the MSOE women's basketball team defeated Aurora 62-61 Saturday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (6-11, 4-8 NACC) overcame a seven-point deficit over the last four-plus minutes to overtake the Spartans (8-9, 6-6 NACC).
Julie Galauner led Aurora with 35 points and nine 3-pointers in the game. Alyssa Brems hit four treys on her way to 12 points and Adriana Ramirez tallied seven points and 17 rebounds.
The Spartans led 57-50 after three-straight three-pointers heading into the final four minutes of regulation when MSOE stormed back.
Barreto started the run with a layup and Reardon followed with a basket of her own. After an AU free throw, Reardon grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a jumper to make it a two-point game. A free throw made it a one-point game and junior Kiana Jeremiah followed with a go-ahead three-pointer to make it 60-58 with 1:29 to play.
The excitement would be short-lived as Galauner followed with her ninth 3-pointer two possessions later.
The Raiders called a timeout to set up a go-ahead play, which resulted in Spanbauer hitting a layup in traffic with 19.3 seconds on the clock.
The Spartans would have three chances to answer, but Spanbauer blocked the ensuing layup attempt. A missed three-pointer was deflected out of bounds on the rebound giving the visitors one last chance with three seconds to go. The Red & White defense swarmed the in bounds and did not allow a clean attempt at a shot as the horn sounded.
The game was tight throughout, as the teams were tied after each of the first three quarters. The teams picked up the pace in the second half, scoring 20 points apiece in the third quarter alone after going into halftime tied at 22-22.
The Raiders shot 45.1 percent from the field and a strong 10-of-21 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Spartans knocked down 14-of-35 three-point attempts and just 7-of-28 inside the arc to finish at 33.3 percent.
MSOE, which snapped a seven-game losing streak, looks to start a winning streak Wednesday when it hosts Marian.