TACOMA, Washington – With 0.7 seconds left in regulation and the Puget Sound men's basketball team trailing by one, Stellan Roberts took an inbounds pass from John Misel and drilled a 24-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Loggers an 89-87 win over Pacific in Memorial Fieldhouse Friday night.
The Loggers (7-5, 1-2 NWC) took an 82-78 lead with one minute left when Misel hit a layup. The Boxers (4-9, 1-3 NWC) answered back with a 3-pointer, but Puget Sound put the ball in Roberts' hands with the game on the line.
Roberts went one-on-one with his Pacific counterpart and he hit a pull-up jumper in the key to give the Loggers a three-point lead, 84-81. Pacific countered with a quick layup, and then sent Roberts to the line. The Puget Sound connected on both free-throws to make a three-point game, 86-83, and that's where things got really interesting.
To prevent the Boxers from attempting a game-tying 3-pointer, Puget Sound deliberately sent Pacific to the line for two free-throws. The Boxers connected on the first attempt, and intentionally missed the second. Off the miss, Pacific tipped in the rebound while drawing a foul.
The improbable three-point play gave Pacific an 87-86 lead, but it set up Roberts' heroic shot at the buzzer.
Puget Sound aims to keep the good momentum going when it hosts Linfield Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.