College of Marin Basketball rallied from a halftime deficit and defeated the Solano College Falcons in overtime 78-73 on Friday. Trailing by two with under a minute left, Alfonso Murrie snuck in for a layup to tie the game up at 67-67. After a steal the Mariners had the ball and a chance to win in regulation but Eric Mireri's long distance three clanged off the rim. In overtime Mireri powered the Mariners to victory. It was a balanced approached by Marin who had five players in double figures.
The game began fairly evenly as Christopher Kress had a pair of three pointers early on to give the Mariners a 12-11. The Falcons responded in kind and sniped from beyond the arc with expert efficiency to build a 25-19 lead with 8:30 left in the first half. Another three and a layup put Solano up by 11 forcing Mariners timeout.
Marin battled the remaining seven minutes of the half, playing stalwart defense and finding an offensive rhythm. They ended the first period on a 10-5 run, to cut the Falcons advantage to 35-29 heading to the locker room. Murrie led the Mariners with eight in the first half, Zamaria Odom had seven while Joey Potts and Kress each had six.
Murrie was the ignitor for Marin in the second half. He lived inside on the offensive glass and brought Marin within two at 42-40. They tied the game at 44-44 and again at 47-47 before Solano hit a pair of threes pointers to build a six-point lead 53-47 midway through the second half.
The Mariners did not give up the fight as they pulled with two at 62-60 with five minutes remaining. Jaime Banegas hit a put back finger roll with tie the game at 62-62 as the bench exploded. Solano retook the lead 67-65 when Murrie tied the game in the final minute.
Mireri gave Marin a four-point lead 71-67 with back to back layups in the start of overtime. Solano rallied back to lead 73-71 but Mireri knocked down a wing three to give Mairn a lead they would not relinquish. With his back to the ball Mireri managed a no look steal and fed Jalen Chandler to increase Marin's lead to 76-73. On the ensuing possession Franco Barefield earned a steal to seal the victory.
Murrie led the way for Marin with 16 points and seven rebounds. Joey Potts had 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, putting him second in the state in that category. Jalen Chandler had 14 points and eight rebounds while Mireri was the hero late with 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Zamaria Odom added 10 of his own off the bench.
The win gave Marin an 8-9 overall record and 4-2 in Bay Valley Conference play. Next up for the Mariners is a tough road date at Merritt College in Oakland on Wednesday, January 16th.