Not many people care much about Division III Men's Basketball.â†µ
That changed on Tuesday night, though, when in seven overtimes Skidmore defeated Southern Vermont, 128-123, breaking the record for the longest game in Division III -- previously five overtimes -- and tied the longest game in NCAA Men's Basketball history -- set in 1981 by Bradley and Cincinnati. Yes, seven overtimes!â†µ
"Words are hard to describe what I just witnessed," said Skidmore head coach Joe Burke to skidmoreathletics.com. "It was completely a battle of wills and both teams refused to give in. We won the game but really their are no losers in a game like that. Both teams played till complete exhaustion."â†µ
John Mantas (Niskayuna, N.Y.) had a team-high 27 points for the Thoroughbreds, who scored 16 points in the final OT to win.â†µ
Mountaineers' guard Taeshon Johnson netted a game-high 39 points and played ALL 75 minutes.â†µ
"It's difficult to reconcile your emotions when you have just participated in such an epic event and lost," Southern Vermont head coach Mike McDonough said to svcathletics.com. "But to a man, both teams will take away something from tonight that they will never forget."â†µ
At the end of regulation the game was tied 59-59. Skidmore's Melvis Langyintuo (The Lawrenceville School, N.J.) sent the game into the second OT by sinking a free throw with one second remaining in the first OT. In the sixth overtime, Skidmore's Eli Johnston (Brooklyn, N.Y.) sank a 3-pointer, his only basket of the game, with 10 seconds left to help send the game into a seventh OT.â†µ
Only 142 people were in attendance.