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posted on 3/16/10
Pumas WIN Triple Overtime Thriller
The Saint Joseph's College men's basketball team completed their run through the NCAA Midwest Regional with a 104-103 triple overtime victory over Quincy University at the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky. Phillip Collins converted his third game-winning basket of the tournament to push SJC to fourth Elite Eight appearance in the program's history. SJC is the first eighth seed to reach the Elite Eight since seeding started in 1994.
The Hawks (23-9) led by as many as 14 points in the second half through a strong effort from Josh Brock in the post. QU led 59-49 with just over six minutes left in the game, but behind a hustling defensive effort the Pumas (20-11) charged back into the contest.
In the closing seconds, the Hawks held a 69-67 lead with Andreas Coleman at the line. Coleman converted one of two foul shots to keep SJC within one possession. Dayvon Sloan (Fr., Louisville, Ky./ Waggener) rushed the ball up to the front court and converted a long three-pointer with less than three seconds left in regulation. QU's last second shot went long the game went to overtime.
Quincy took control in the extra period by taking an 80-73 lead with less than two minutes on the clock. Three consecutive turnovers and fouls by the Hawks put Sloan on the line where he converted six straight free throws. Josh Edmonds connected on two from the charity stripe with 15 seconds left to give QU an 85-82 lead. However, Courtney Belger fouled Sloan attempting a three-point basket with nine seconds left. Sloan's shots were true and the game was force to a second overtime.
SJC took control in the second extra period as Austin Peebles (Sr., Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth) converted an offensive rebound into a lay-up to give the Pumas a 90-87 lead. Billy Baptist tied the game with a long three-point basket from the corner, but Sloan answered again a quick three of his own to put SJC back on top 93-90.
Leading 95-92 with just over a minutes to play, Mookie Pierre drained another three-point basket to tie the game. Both the Hawks and Pumas had opportunities to win the game, but their final possessions miss-fired and the marathon went to a third overtime.
Pierre opened the third overtime frame with a three-point play but Sloan converted two foul shots and a three-point basket to give SJC a 100-98 lead. Still leading by two points with less than 30 seconds in the game, Tyler Burke hit a clutch three-point basket from the corner to give the Hawks a 103-102 lead. SJC set up their final possession and spread the floor. Through precise ball movement Michael Lipton (Fr., Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) was left open from 17 feet, but missed wide left. Collins slid into the lane for the offensive rebound and put-back to give the Pumas a 104-103 lead with nine tenths on the clock. QU's half-court shot missed and SJC advanced to the Elite Eight.
Mookie Pierre finished with 32 points to lead the Hawks as he also earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Justin Brock finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out of the contest. Brock was also selected to the All-Tournament Team after recording a double-double
Dayvon Sloan scored a game high 45 points, all after halftime to push the Pumas to victory. Andrew Helmer (Sr., Highland, Ind./Highland) finished with 17 points and a team high seven rebounds before fouling out of the game. Phillip Collins added 16 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player. Helmer and Sloan also represented SJC on the All-Tournament team.
The Pumas will play Cal Poly Pomona in Springfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday. Tip-off at the MassMutual Center is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST.