Cody Doolin missed a potential game-winning layup with five second left in regulation and the USF Dons dropped their second straight heartbreaker Monday night, losing in overtime to the Idaho State Bengals at War Memorial Gym 93-90.
Kruize Pinkins put the Dons (2-2) up 82-80 with 26 seconds left in regulation, but Idaho State tied it up on Tomas Sanchez’s layup with 15 seconds remaining. Doolin then missed his potential game-winner to send the game to overtime tied 82-82.
USF took a 90-86 lead with 1:55 left in the extra session on a 3-pointer by Avry Holmes. But those would be the last points the Dons would score, as Idaho State closed the game on a 7-0 run.
Andre Hatchett hit a pair of free throws with 1:42 left to pull the Bengals (2-1) to within two at 90-88. Holmes missed a 3-pointer and Pinkins fouled Chris Hansen, who sunk both of his free throws with 1:08 remaining to tie the game at 90.
Holmes missed another 3 and Sanchez clanked a jumper on the other end with 10 seconds left. The Bengals fouled Matt Glover with eight seconds left and his missed free throw set in motion a crazy finish.
Pinkins grabbed the offensive rebound, but his put-back attempt was blocked by Ayibakuro Preh. Corey Hilliard got hold of the loose ball, but Holmes was called for a foul against Sanchez with four seconds remaining.
Sanchez made both free throws and Idaho State had a 92-90 lead. Pinkins then turned the ball over and Glover was forced to foul Sanchez with just one second remaining. Sanchez hit the first and intentionally missed the second. Time expired while the rebound was still in the air.
Chris Adams came off the bench to lead the Dons with 21 points on 7-of-12 from 3-point range. Mark Tollefsen had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four blocks for USF, Pinkins scored 14 points, Doolin added 13 and six assists and Avry Holmes scored 10 points before fouling out in overtime. Glover also dished out five assists before he fouled out in the final second.
The Dons high-paced offense was 34-for-73 from the floor (46.6 percent) and hit 17-of-46 from 3-point range (37 percent). In a game that was lost in overtime, USF’s 5-for-12 free throw shooting was costly, however.
Hansen finished with 33 points for the Bengals, while Sanchez added 24 points and five assists before he fouled out and Hatchett had 20 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.
The Dons now head on the road for the first time on Friday when they travel to Montana (1-1). Tipoff is 6 p.m. Pacific.