HONOLULU, Hawaii – McKay Massey thought he had won the game in regulation with a three-quarter court shot Monday in the Neil Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The referees viewed a courtside monitor, but could not determine if the fateful shot beat the horn since the red lights around the backboard did not work.
The men in black and white waived off the miracle bucket sending the game between Hawaii Pacific and Dixie State to overtime, tied at 71-71. Ten minutes later, HPU used a closing 10-0 run to upset the Red Storm 93-88 in Pacific West Conference play.
With the loss, Dixie State dropped to 18-6 and 11-3 in the Pac West, a full game behind league-leading Chaminade. Hawaii Pacific snapped a six-game losing streak improving to 11-16 on the year and 6-9 in the league.
Tied at 71-71, the Red Storm defense earned a defensive stop blocking Jason Jackson’s three-point shot from the left angle. Massey retrieved the ball with 3.3 seconds left, dribbled twice and launched a prayer from 20 feet back of the half-court line. When the shot banked off the backboard and into the hoop, the sophomore and his teammates thought the game was over.
After a few moments of viewing inconclusive replays, the referees waived off the shot.
Tom Whitehead bailed out the Red Storm in the first overtime period tickling the twine from distance in the final seconds to further the game an extra five minutes.
Dixie, playing its second double overtime game in the last three days, spurted out to a five-point lead after a Donovan Plunkett three ball and a lay-in from Griffon Jones. After a missed HPU shot, the Storm lost a chance for a three-possession game after Nick Frasier stole a pass and dunked off the fast break. Frasier tied the game with a triple and seized momentum for HPU who ended the extra session with 10 unanswered points.
Frazier led four Sea Warriors in double figures with 23 points.
Whitehead matched Frazier with 23 points for Dixie State. Derek Owen notched the first double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out early in the first overtime.
Dixie State shot 32 of 71 from the floor, nine of 20 from distance and hit 15 of 17 from the free throw line.
The Red Storm will look to bounce back with a game Wednesday against Chaminade – the PWC leaders. Tip is scheduled for 10:30pm Mountain time from McCabe Gymnasium.