NEW ULM - New Ulm was not able to get off the potential game-tying 3-pointer as time expired, and Blue Earth Area completed its comeback effort with a 70-67 win over New Ulm in a South Central Conference game on Friday.
New Ulm led 64-59 with 4:20 remaining before BEA scored five straight points to tie the game at 64.
The game had three lead changes in the final two minutes. Grant Kannegieser, who led the Eagles with 26 points, hit a huge jumper to give the lead back to New Ulm with 1:38 left, but it was not able to hold on to its lead.
The Eagles had the ball down three with 10 seconds remaining. They tried to get the ball to junior Tanner Ogren who had already made three three-pointers on the night, but they turned the ball over allowing BEA to hold the ball while the clock expired.
"We were trying to run Ogren off a double screen for a three, but we just never got the ball to him," New Ulm head coach Steve Foley said.
New Ulm had provided itself with a nine point lead going in to the half. The Eagles fell behind early after senior forward Tyler Dittrich was forced to sit after picking up two fouls in the first two minutes, but they quickly recovered with Kannegieser and Ogren carrying the offense.
"I thought we played very well offensively in the first half," Foley said. "We got to the rack very nicely and knocked down some open shots."
Kannegieser led the Eagles with nine rebounds to go with his 26 points, while Ogren recorded 12 points and five assists.
New Ulm (1-4, 0-2) plays Dassel-Cokato at home on Tuesday.