Men's Basketball Wins in a Thriller
The smallest player on the court came up huge as the Cardinals survived a nail-biter on the road at Northwest College in frigid Powell, Wyoming to win 87-86. Sophomore point guard Sam Dowd scored two clutch lead changing buckets in the final 20 seconds, including the game winner with 3.3 seconds. The Cardinals held on for the win in the final seconds to go to 8-1 on the season, ending Northwest College’s 10 game winning streak.
The game went back and forth in the final minute with four lead changes and two questionable no calls. With the Cardinals nursing a one point lead at 83-82 with 27 seconds left, Niko Bevens was stripped of the ball near midcourt after a little contact. Point guard Jonathan Koud completed the steal and the layup to give the Trappers the lead, 84-83. The Cardinals played on without a timeout and Sam Dowd drove the lane and made a tough layup to regain the lead for the Cardinals, 85-84. The Trappers returned the favor with Koud going coast to coast after the inbounds pass to lay the ball in, after a near travel, to go up 86-85. After a timeout with 11 seconds left, the Cardinals drew up a play, leaving Dowd with the decision to penetrate and dish, or shoot. After the inside was defended well by the Trappers, Dowd pulled up and drilled the free throw line jumper and game winner, despite a player falling at this feet.
Dowd finished with a game high 24 points, and post Ziggy Satterthwaite had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Markus Golder had 13 points and Jalen Burkett had 7 points and a key offensive rebound after a missed free throw to give the Cardinals possession to set up the exciting final minute.
Sukhjot Bains had 22 to lead the Trappers (10-4). Koud finished with 14 points, and 3-point sharp shooter Skyler Zabriske added 12.
The Cardinals return to action on Friday in the finale of the Northwest College tournament against the Wyoming All-Stars. Game time is at 4:00pm PST on the Cardinals webcast. The Cards will play the game without freshman shooter Niko Bevens, who departs the tournament early to attend a family wedding.
Head Men's Basketball Coach Corey Symons