LAS VEGAS—In the first four-overtime in Western Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament history, CSU Bakersfield defeated Utah Valley 81-80 Friday night in the Orleans Arena.
Utah Valley, the fourth seed, led 49-41 with 2:40 remaining in regulation. A Jaylin Airington three-point play keyed an 11-3 run that was capped off by an Airington jumper that tied the score at 52 with 15 seconds to go. The Wolverines had the final shot which was a Brandon Randolph three-pointer that fell short.
Hayden Schneck made 1-of-2 free throws nine seconds in to the first OT that gave UVU the lead. Three Airington free throws put CSUB ahead 55-53. Conner Toolson connected on 1-of-2 free throws before a Zach Nelson layup at the 34-second mark put UVU up by one. Brent Wrapp drove the lane; he drew a foul on Nelson to get to the free throw line. The ‘Runner point guard tied the game with his second attempt. The Wolverines missed a pair of shots at the buzzer, leaving the game at 56.
The second overtime saw the Roadrunners earn a 62-61 advantage with 47 seconds left when Dedrick Basile made a pair of free throws. Utah Valley played for the last shot. Conner Toolson missed a layup at the six-second mark that was rebounded by Ivory Young. After being fouled, Young tied the game with 1-of-2 free throws. Airington had a chance at the buzzer, but his three-pointer just fell short.
The Roadrunners led by three at two different points of the third overtime. Trailing 72-69 with 35 seconds remaining, Young drove the lane. He was fouled on a successful layup. Young sank his free throw attempt to create a 72-72 game. Playing for the last shot, the ‘Runners worked the ball down to two seconds before Basile’s jumper fell short, sending the game into the fourth overtime.
Scheneck’s layup began the fourth overtime. Damiyne Durham missed a three-pointer as Justin Pride grabbed the offensive rebound. Scheneck, sending Pride to the line where he missed both. Pride stole the ball from Toolson, sending Durham out on a fast break layup for the 21st tie of the night.
UVU took the lead on a Kenneth Ogbe layup. Durham hit his first three-pointer of the night, deep in the right corner at the 3:21 mark to push CSUB ahead 77-76. Young drove the lane, drawing the CSUB foul. He made both for the 78-77 lead 30 seconds later. A Wrapp layup at the 2:24 mark would put the Roadrunners into the lead for good.
Ogbe dribbled the ball off his leg, turning the ball over. Fallou Ndoye’s baby hook shot earned CSUB an 81-78 advantage. The Wolverines sent the ball into the block to Andrew Bastein for a layup. Bastien was hit on the arm by Ndoye, which sent Bastein to the charity stripe for and-one opportunity to tie the game.
The Roadrunners had two offensive opportunities. On the second, CSUB worked the 30-second shot clock down to four before Durham missed a three-pointer, leaving 8.2 seconds on the clock. Utah Valley called timeout. Young drove the lane where he missed. Moataz Aly grabbed the miss with .9 seconds to go where he was fouled. The 6-9 center failed to make both attempts. UVU got the rebound with 0.7 seconds left and called timeout. Nelson inbounded underneath the CSUB basket to Toolson who had a half-court shot fall short.
CSU Bakersfield reset three WAC Tournament records. The Roadrunners made 32 free throws in 45 attempts. The 32 broke the 2015 NM State record of 30 while the 45 broke the one-day old record of UMKC, which shot 40 against The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley last night in the tournament. The ‘Runners forced 28 turnovers, breaking the old mark of 25 that was posted by Fresno State against San Diego State in 1998. CSUB scored 25 points off the UVU mistakes. This was the second four-overtime game in Roadrunner history, the first coming in the opener of the 2014-15 campaign against High Point in Hawai’i.
Both teams struggled from the field. The Roadrunners shot 29.5% (23-of-78) while Utah Valley was 31.6% from the floor (24-of-76). Airington scored a game high 22 points before fouling out in the third overtime. He went 10-of-13 from the free throw line, both career highs. Basile scored 18 points while Matt Smith had 14 before fouling out in the first overtime. Shon Briggs posted 13 points before fouling out in the third overtime.
Utah Valley broke the WAC Tournament record for most rebounds with 68. The old record of 58, recorded by Hawai’i, occurred in a 1994 game against Colorado State. Isaac Neilson paced all players with 16 rebounds. Bastien grabbed 12 boards to go along with two blocks. Ogbe and Young both led the Wolverines with 15 points. Jordan Poydras added 13.
CSUB, the number one seed will play, the second seed, NM State Saturday night. ESPN U coverage begins at 8 p.m. Coverage on line is available on ESPN3.com or the Watch ESPN app.