POCATELLO, Idaho – Broderick Gilchrest hit a there-pointer from the top of the key with one second left to give Idaho State a 90-88 victory in overtime at Holt Arena. NAU defeated the Bengals 82-80 in overtime earlier this season in Flagstaff and it was third consecutive overtime game between the teams.
"I thought we did a good job defensively except for letting him get out of there wide open," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "The ball became loose and went right into Durrell's hands and he fumbled it. The ball was on the ground and he came up with it, took two dribbles and shot the basketball."
NAU (14-10, 6-6) scored the first four points of the overtime at the line and led by four again after an Eric Platt three-pointer with two minutes left. Kenny McGowen then hit a three-pointer to pull the Bengals back within a point. NAU had two more possessions with the help of a turnover but missed pair of jumpers setting up the final attempt by the Bengals with six seconds left.
The ball got loose in the backcourt and was almost stolen by Durrell Norman before Gilchrest got control and drove towards the basket, hitting the three for the win.
"That six seconds could not go off the clock fast enough," said Adras. "The kid hit the shot and the referees said it was good."
The Lumberjacks looked in control of the game before a late run by the Bengals. The Lumberjacks led by six points at 72-66 with 6:17 left before the Bengal run, sparked by two consecutive three-pointers by Phyllip Taylor. Shane Johannsen stopped the run with a layup to cut the lead to 78-74.
Idaho State was called for an intentional foul on Gabe Rogers, who hit both free throws to cut the lead to two points. After Chase Grabau hit one of two at the line, Rogers hit a three-pointer with 49 seconds left to tie the game at 79. Taylor then missed a jumper with 19 seconds left, giving the Lumberjacks a chance to win the game. Cameron Jones' jumper was off the mark with four seconds left, leaving the Bengals a final chance to win the game.
'We made plays to give ourselves a shot in regulation and in overtime," said Adras. "Unfortunately we could not get it done."
Grabau's shot down low was blocked by Shane Johannsen with less than a second left. The final lob was stolen by Johannsen, sending the game into overtime.
Jones finished with a game-high 28 points, while Rogers finished with 19 points. Johannsen contributed 16 points and Platt had 15 off the bench.
NAU hit 53 percent for the game from the field and made 20-of-22 free throw attempts.
The Lumberjacks led most of the first half and had an eight-point advantage in the second half at one point.
"It was heartbreaking and we battled," said Adras.
NAU returns home to host Eastern Washington on Wednesday night at the Rolle Activity Center before taking on Cal Poly in the ESPN BracketBusters event on Saturday. Wednesday's game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com.
Fans across the country can also see the game on Universityhouse (Dish Network 9411) and Fox College Sports Pacific (Direct TV 623).