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
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
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
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
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