Bolte's 65 leads Concord past UC

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. Tommy Bolte exploded for 65 points to lead Concord to a 99-96 win in double overtime over Charleston on Wednesday night at the Wehrle Center.

Bolte's 65 points broke his own MEC record of 51 that he set in last year's MEC Tournament. It was also the 14th-most points in NCAA Division II history and the most since 1977.

He was 25-of-42 from the field and made just three from behind the arc. He was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Bolte also pulled down eight rebounds.

In the first overtime period, Concord (11-5, 7-4) had to rally down four in the final 30 seconds after Drew Rackley's layup made it 84-80. Bolte made two free throws and then stole the inbounds pass and fed Malik Johnson who laid it in to send the game into a second overtime.

The two teams traded threes in the second overtime, but Bolte gave CU a four-point lead with hitting a pair of free throws and another shot in the paint. Rackley made two for Charleston to cut the deficit in half, but Bolte delivered a deep three to push the lead back to five. Concord went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 12 seconds to withstand Charleston's last efforts.

Simun Kovac added a double-double for CU with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jair Rodgers chipped in 10.

Rackley, Lamont McManus and Josh Floyd all scored 23 points for Charleston (11-6, 6-5). Devon Robinson pulled down 12 rebounds.