Western suffers first loss, 86-84 in double overtime at Dixie State
Dec. 15, 2008
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Guard Ben Hartman scored a layup with 0.7 seconds remaining in the second overtime, giving Dixie State College an 86-84 upset win over Western Washington University in a non-conference men's basketball game Monday at Burns Arena.
The Vikings, who suffered their first loss in seven games this season, had turned the ball over with 12.2 seconds remaining on a five-second call. They were led by forward Michael Duty (Jr., Seattle/O'Dea) with 20 points, nine rebounds and a game-high five steals; and point guard Morris Anderson (Jr., Federal Way), who had 18 points, a game-high eight assists and four steals.
Dixie State, playing its home opener, improved to 2-5. Center Nick Howard, making his first start, responded with a game-high 21 points, 13 in the first half, and guard Ryan Sanchez had 17 points, a game-high 10 rebounds and five assists.
Forward Calin Schell (Sr., Chelan) gave Western an 84-82 lead on a basket with 1:57 remaining in the second extra period. Sanchez tied the game for Dixie State at 84-84 on two free throws with 1:42 to go and following the Vikings' turnover assisted on Hartman's winning basket.
Trailing by six points, 62-56, with 5:57 remaining in regulation, Western used a 14-3 run to lead by five, 70-65, with 2:19 to go. The Vikings led by four, 74-70, after two Anderson free throws at 0:27, but a rebound basket by Dixie State's Andy Palmer cut the margin to two and Sanchez tied the game at 74-all on a layup with 2.5 seconds left. Sanchez was fouled on the play but missed the free throw, sending the game into overtime.
Dixie State scored the first four points in the first extra period, but free throws by Schell and Anderson and a field goal by Duty with 22 seconds remaining tied the game at 78-78. Graham had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but missed from 18-feet.
Palmer scored 16 points for Dixie State, which closed the first period with a 15-5 run to lead 39-35 at the halftime, and forward Dalton Groskreutz had 10.
Western center Dave Vanderjagt (Jr., Townsville, Australia) had 14 points, and guard Ira Graham (Sr., Fontana, CA), who entered the game with an 18.5 scoring average, was held to 10 points on 4-of-17 field-goal shooting.
The Vikings next host the WWU Great Western Shootout at Las Vegas, Nevada, meeting Cal State Stanislaus on Thursday (3 p.m.) and Cal Poly Pomona on Friday (5 p.m.).
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