Both teams played hard from the tipoff in a game where the lead changed 19 times and the score was tied 15 times.
Barry started things off with a 3-pointer and hit seven more in the first half, shooting 53 percent from beyond the arc. About two minutes in the game, a layup from Mike Washington gave DSU a 4-3 lead but the Bucs went on a run to have a seven-point lead at the 16:25 mark in the first half..
Willie Readus, Cornel Knight and Devin Schmidt scored successively to bring it back to a one-point game. Readus put the Statesmen back on top, but Barry tied it again at again at 17-17. The Statesmen took the lead again as Schmidt drilled a 3-pointer with 11:43 on the clock to make the score 20-17.
The score jumped back and forth until the 5:33 mark when the Bucs took a one-point lead and held on to the lead for the rest of the half, holding a 39-34 advantage over the Statesmen at halftime.
To star the second half, Madge, an Australia native, hit a jumper about a minute in and followed that with a 3-pointer to tie the game 39-39.
At the 17:24 mark, Washington scored a layup, and Delta State found itself back in the lead, 41-39. Barry took the lead back with 15:14 still to play, but another 3-pointer from Madgen put the Statesmen back on top.
The Bucs took over the scoreboard again with 11:40 to play, but it was another key shot from Madgen that put Delta back in the lead. That happened again at the 5:39 mark.
Barry had the lead with about three minutes to go, but then Madgen helped out in another way – his assist led to a 3-pointer from Michael Weems to tie the game again at 68-68. Madgen put his team in the lead with a layup with 1:41 on the clock.
The Bucs answered with two free throws with 1:09 to play and the score remained tied 70-70.
With less than a minute to go, the Statesmen looked to score and then play strong defense to finish out with a win, but Schmidt accidentally dribbled out of bounds with just two seconds on the clock to give Barry a slim opportunity to win the game. The Bucs missed a last second shot and the teams took a break before overtime.
The visitors scored first in overtime, but Readus made it a tie game – again – a few seconds later. Barry took a one-point lead off a foul shot, but Knight hit two of his own to give Delta State a lead that the Statesmen would hold on to.
Madgen followed Knight's free throws with another shot from beyond the arc with 1:17 left in overtime, putting DSU up 77-73. With 36 seconds on the clock, Madgen hit two at the line. Readus did the same thing with 29 seconds to play and the Statesmen were looking at an eight-point lead.
Barry scored back-to-back buckets to make it a four-point game, but there were just four seconds on the clock. Madgen hit the back end of two foul shots with three seconds to go and Delta State secured the 82-77 overtime win.
Readus added another double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds. He shot 10-of-12 at the line and 7-of-9 from the field. Schmidt added nine points, Washington had seven points and six rebounds, Weems hit two 3-pointers to add six points and Knight scored four points.
For the entire game, Delta State shot 52.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from 3-point range and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Statesmen held Barry to 38.6 percent shooting from the field and from 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.
Delta State will play Saint Leo University today at 4 p.m CST/5 p.m. EST