A few weeks ago, Calvert Hall College’s basketball team lost the area’s No. 1 ranking, in part to an injury to Reggie Rouse. The senior guard came up big for the Cardinals Tuesday evening.

Rouse’s free throw with no time left in overtime gave No. 1 Calvert Hall a 79-78 victory over Linden from New Jersey in the International bracket finals at the Rotary Roundball Classic at North Charleston High in South Carolina.

Rouse, who recently return to the Cardinals’ lineup after suffering a second half knee injury in his team’s lost to St. Frances Academy three weeks ago, was fouled on a three-point attempt with the game tied at 78. He missed the first two before connecting, completing a topsy-turvy match for the Towson school.

Providence University-bound Drew Edwards scored 30 points for the Cardinals (13-2 overall), and Justin Gorham added 14 and 14 rebounds. Evan Phoenix, a Central Connecticut recruit, finished with 12.

Calvert Hall, which lost senior guard Nico Clareth to a head injury in the second quarter, failed to hold a 10-point second half advantage.

Linden, ranked No. 5 in New Jersey by the Star-Ledger, led 77-75 in overtime, but T.J. Duckett put Calvert Hall up by one with a three-pointer with 13 seconds left. Linden forged a 78-78 tie with a free throw with 1.8 seconds remaining.

Linden missed the second and Justin Gorham grabbed the rebound. The junior post immediately sent an outlet pass to Rouse, who was fouled as he put up a desperation heave.

The Cardinals return to action Sunday afternoon at No. 3 Mount St. Joseph in a rematch of last season’s Baltimore Catholic League finals OT classic.

Rotary Roundball Classic

at North Charleston (S.C.)

International bracket finals

No. 1 Calvert Hall College 79, Linden (N.J.) 78

Calvert Hall – Rouse 4, Gorham 14, Duckett 10, Bahar 4, Phoenix 12, Clareth 5, Edwards 30.

Linden – Dolbrice 4, Carter 17, Livingston 12, Julius 14, Mixson 4, Crawford 11, Dixon 16.