Heartstopping ’Hawks eke out another win

Fort Lewis men’s basketball uses two buzzer-beaters in W

Once is a coincidence; twice is a trend.

And Nick Tomsick’s stock is trending upward.

Tomsick hit his second game-tying 3 to force overtime in eight days, and a Fort Lewis College men’s basketball team that never led in regulation pulled out an 82-80 overtime win Saturday at CSU-Pueblo on Torrey Udall’s tip-in with 0.4 seconds to go.

Tomsick pulled the same routine in an earlier win against Dixie State, and Saturday’s heroics capped FLC’s rally from a seven-point hole with 55 seconds to play.

“Sometimes in basketball, you get lucky. We got lucky,” FLC head coach Bob Hofman said. “Things just went our way.”

FLC (5-0, 2-0 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) and the ThunderWolves traded buckets in overtime, with Udall’s free throws putting Fort Lewis up 80-79 with 53 seconds left. Nathan Tigner tied the game with a free throw, and Fort Lewis then held for the last shot. Udall found himself in the right place at the right time to put home the winner, and CSUP’s last-ditch attempt missed.

“I was most proud of Torrey Udall, who’s been so representative of our basketball team for five years,” Hofman said.

Udall finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. His post counterpart, Alex Herrera, had 16 points, while Marcus Ayala had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Four players scored in double figures for the ThunderWolves (1-7, 0-2 RMAC), led by Jed Knafelc with 15. Derick Agbaroji had 10 points and 10 rebounds for CSU-Pueblo.

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