Utah Valley St. 107, North Dakota 96

It took a four career performances for Utah Valley to pull out a

four-overtime victory on Thursday.

Isiah Williams (30 points), Jordan Swarbrick (24) and Ben Aird

(23) all had career-best scoring outputs while Geddes Robinson

pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds as the Wolverines won a

107-96 quadruple-overtime game over North Dakota.

”I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a game like this.

This was one for the ages,” Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker said.

”A game like that makes you humble.”

The Wolverines (10-8, 2-0 Great West) hit game-tying baskets at

the close of three different periods to outlast the Fighting Sioux

(8-10, 1-1).

Utah Valley got a basket from Holton Hunsaker with 6 seconds

left in regulation to tie the game 56-56; a pair of free throws

from Swarbrick with 48 seconds remaining in the second overtime to

tie it at 71-71; and 1 of 2 free throws from Swarbrick with 3

seconds left in the third overtime to make it 91-91.

In the final overtime period, Utah Valley hit 10 free throws

while outscoring North Dakota 16-5.

Hunsaker’s 15-foot jumper at the end of regulation capped an

11-point comeback in the final 5 minutes for Utah Valley. It was

his first basket of the game. Hunsaker finished with 13 points.

In the first overtime, the Wolverines led by two with 3 seconds

left before North Dakota’s Brandon Brekke scored a layup off an

offensive rebound to send it into double overtime tied at

64-64.

In the second OT, Swarbrick hit four free throws, including two

with 48 seconds remaining to extend the game again. Swarbrick

scored 20 of his 24 points in the overtime sessions and was 15 for

17 at the free-throw line. He came into the game ranked 20th in the

nation in free-throw shooting.

The Fighting Sioux looked like they had put the game out of

reach in the third overtime, building a seven-point lead with 37

seconds remaining. But North Dakota called a timeout it didn’t have

with 3.6 seconds left, and Swarbrick hit 1 of 2 free throws to

extend the game again. In the final 28.2 seconds of the third

overtime, Swarbrick had six points and Williams five.

”What a great effort. What a great game,” Hunsaker said. ”We

have a team of character because you can’t win a game like this

without character guys.”

Aaron Anderson had 19 points and Troy Huff 16 for North Dakota.

Patrick Mitchell added 13, Jamal Webb and Brekke 12 each, and Josh

Schuler 11.

The Wolverines shot 43 percent from the field, while the

Fighting Sioux hit 38 percent. But the difference came at the foul

line, where Utah Valley hit 35 of 44 shots and North Dakota was 32

of 54.

It was the longest game ever played at the Betty Engelstad Sioux

Center, and the second quadruple-overtime game in Utah Valley’s

NCAA history. The other came on Jan. 29, 2009 – a 123-121 win at

Chicago State.