Waves Put in Overtimes Without Being Rewarded : College basketball: Fasting’s basket with eight seconds left in the third extra period gives Montana an 89-88 victory over Pepperdine.
Both Pepperdine and Montana found baskets were hard to come by Saturday night, so it was clear that the game probably would be decided by the last one.
Montana’s Roger Fasting made it, a layup off a good pick that gave the Grizzlies an 89-88 victory with eight seconds left in the third overtime at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
Doug Christie, who scored a game-high 28 points, took the last shot with three seconds remaining in the third overtime, but the ball glanced off the rim and bounced away as time ran out.
It didn’t start out to be a thriller. Pepperdine (5-2) led, 18-9, with 9:29 left in the half and appeared to be handling Montana’s zone defense with ease.
But the Grizzlies (8-0) clamped down and scored 13 consecutive points to take a 22-18 lead. Pepperdine came back to take a 30-29 halftime lead, and it was close all the way after that.
Christie made both ends of a one-and-one free-throw opportunity with 13 seconds to go in regulation. But Delvon Anderson’s three-point shot with five seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Christie made a jump shot from the free-throw line with one second left in the first overtime, tying the score, 69-69.
Christie again tied the score, at 78, with a 12-foot turnaround jump shot to send the game into a third overtime.
But Fasting made his last shot attempt in the third overtime, and Christie missed his.
“We didn’t deserve to win,” Pepperdine Coach Tom Asbury said. “We were lucky to be in it as long as we were. We did not take care of business.”
Geoff Lear scored 24 points for Pepperdine, and Anderson led Montana with 21, 11 in the three overtimes.