Boys lose after quadruple overtime

Basketball: Rams want ‘to steal one on the road’

By Andy Atterbury
On February 17, 2011

Eastern New Mexico University came to San Angelo for a Lone Star Conference showdown Wednesday, Feb. 16 and the Rams lost to the Greyhounds 116-111 in quadruple overtime.

ENMU (10-12) (5-5) and the Rams exchanged leads five times in the first 10 minutes of the game. After going back-and-forth early, the Rams developed a 12 point lead thanks to Thomas' three pointer with under three minutes left in the half. ASU went in to the break ahead 44-29.

"I think we executed good down the stretch," Thomas said. "But we had to play from behind in all of the overtimes."

Thomas led the team with his 40 point and 11 rebound double-double.

The Greyhounds did not pull ahead in the game until there were 55 seconds left. Down one, senior guard Steven Moore went to the foul line and sunk both shots to give the Rams (10-13) (6-5) a one point lead with 45 seconds to go. ENMU came right back to resume a two point advantage with 19 seconds on the clock. Moore made two more free throws to send the game in to overtime.

Moore finished with 31 points and seven assists.

After the teams traded fouls for most of the first overtime, the Rams trailed by two with 35 seconds left until Thomas made a bucket that forced a second overtime.

The team played well and fought through adversity, but just got outlasted, Thomas said.

In overtime part two, a jump shot by Moore gave the Rams a brief lead but ENMU tied the game at the buzzer to force a third overtime.

Two Moore free throws sent the game in to a fourth overtime to tie the longest game in known school history.

The Greyhounds finished off the game after three free throws in a row.

Thomas said this is the longest game he has ever played in. "This one takes the cake," Thomas said.

The Rams hit the road Saturday, Feb. 19 to play Incarnate Word.

"We need to get ready to play and try to steal one on the road," Thomas said.


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