W. Michigan beats Ball St. 95-93 on tip-in at buzzer in 2OT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) David Brown scored a career-high 35 and Connar Tava tipped in the game-winner as time expired in the second overtime to lift Western Michigan over Ball State 95-93 on Wednesday.
Western Michigan’s Austin Richie was forced to double-clutch a well-defended 3-point attempt and missed as the shot clock expired, but Tava was left alone and his putback beat the final buzzer.
Brown made a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game at 89. He fouled out with 4:09 left in the second overtime.
Brown made seven of his eight 3-point attempts in the second half to help the Broncos (11-5, 2-1 Mid-American) rally from a 14-point deficit early in the period to a 71-66 lead with 3:58 left.
Ball State (7-7, 2-1) pulled even at 71, but Ritchie hit a 3 and Tucker Haymond made a pair of free throws to put the Broncos back up by five with 21 seconds left. As Zavier Turner made a 3-pointer for Ball State, Sean Sellers drew a foul on Mario Matasovic. Sellers hit two free throws to finish the five-point play with 4.9 seconds left, tying the game at 76 and forcing the first overtime.
Turner led Ball State with 21 points and Matt Kamieniecki added 12 points and 13 rebounds.