Ross scores 29, leads Pepp past Saint Mary’s 84-77 in OT
Malik Fitts had 27 points and Jordan Ford 17 for the Gaels (13-9, 4-3), who had won the previous six matchups with Pepperdine.
There were 16 ties, 11 lead changes and neither team had a double-figure lead.
The lead was less than five points in the last five minutes of regulation. Fitts and Ford scored back-to-back to put Saint Mary’s on top 67-66 with 2:26 to play, its first lead since the 15:33 mark.
Both teams squandered opportunities down the stretch but an offensive rebound led to a Ford basket with 22.9 seconds left to make it 69-68 Gaels. Ross was fouled with six seconds left and he went 1 of 2, forcing the overtime. Ross, who had nine assists, went 15 of 16 from the line, making four in overtime.
Pepperdine was 23 of 25 at the line and 11 of 19 from 3-point range. Saint Mary’s was 10 of 17 from the line, 7 of 32 from distance.