Jan. 3, 2010

No. 8 Wheaton (Ill.) outlasted Pomona-Pitzer 102-100 in four overtimes.

Trailing 79-76 in the first overtime, Wheaton's Ben Panner hit the first free throw and intentionally missed the second giving teammate Spencer Schultze the chance to tip the ball in as time expired to extend the game to double overtime. In triple overtime Adam Chaimowitz drilled a three pointer with two seconds left to give Pomona-Pitzer another late lead, 92-89.

But Panner answered with a three-pointer that bounced off the rim a couple times and fell through at the buzzer to force the fourth overtime period. The Thunder built a 101-97 lead with a 30 seconds left before David Liss hit a three to pull the Sagehens within one. Pomona-Pitzer fouled Andrew Jahns who hit one of two free throws giving the Thunder a 102-100 lead and the Sagehens one more chance. But they missed a three to win and a two to tie, triggering a celebration by the Thunder.

"That's the best small college basketball game I've ever seen," said exhausted Thunder coach Mike Schauer afterwards. "The number of plays that kids made tonight under pressure was remarkable."