Troy Holds Off Late North Texas Comeback To Win In OT

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TROY, Ala. (1/3/08) In a frantic final few minutes in overtime the Troy Trojans were able to erase a seven-point deficit and rally past the North Texas basketball team to win 91-88. The rally in overtime ended a heroic comeback by the Mean Green to send the game into overtime in the final minute of play in regulation.


North Texas (9-4, 0-2) opened the overtime with a 7-0 run to take an 86-79 lead in the first two minutes of overtime. The Trojans (7-6, 1-2) answered with a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 88-86 with 1:32 remaining. Senior Keith Wooden tied the game up at 88-88 with 59 seconds left on a dunk off a touch pass from Dez Willingham.


However O’Darien Bassett, who finished with a game-high 30 points, scored the final three points of the game. Bassett hit two free throws with 36 seconds in the overtime to make it a two-point lead. Josh White’s 3-pointer with two seconds left came up short and the Trojans iced the game with another Bassett free throw with 0.5 seconds.


The game was sent into overtime thanks to the heroics of Willingham and Colin Dennis. With Troy leading 79-73 with less than a minute in regulation, Willingham hit a 3-pointer to make it 79-76 with 39 seconds left.


Michael Vogler missed the front end of a one-and-one for Troy and they Mean Green had a final chance to tie the game. White’s initial 3-pointer was poked free right into the hands of Denis who nailed a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to send the game into the extra frame.


Wooden notched his third career double-double and second for the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. White led North Texas with 18 points as the Mean Green buried a season-high 13 3-pointers, which tied for the sixth highest in school history.


North Texas is back in action on Monday night when they host Louisiana-Monroe at the Super Pit at 7 p.m.



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