Trahern's desperation three helps Pack down Grizzlies in double OT
The second buzzer-beater in the game lifts ThunderWolves past Adams State.
PUEBLO, Colo (GoThunderWolves.com - Feb. 11, 2012) - In arguably the most exciting basketball game to ever be played at Massari Arena, the CSU-Pueblo men's basketball team pulled off the improbable, battling through two overtimes to defeat Adams State 99-98 Saturday night.
Ty Trahern (Sr., Kit Carson, Colo.) hit a desperation 3-point shot between three defenders, using only his right hand to execute a baby hook shot that found nothing but net in the closing seconds to seal the win for the ThunderWolves.
Even more remarkable was the fact that Trahern's three was the second buzzer beater by the ThunderWolves.
As the Pack saw the seconds winding down in the first overtime trailing by three, 86-83, CSU-Pueblo had the final possession of the period with a chance to tie. Cold as ice, Bryse Velasquez (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) pulled up and nailed a deep 3-pointer to tie the game with three seconds remaining, assuring a second overtime.
Again the Pack fell behind in the second overtime but stayed composed as they battled back from an early six-point deficit to set up the drama.
Down two with only 11 seconds remaining, Trahern received an inbound pass he took all the way into Grizzlies territory before being swarmed by three defenders. As time ticked away in the game Trahern did all he could do to draw a foul, but instead opted to fire up a desperation 3-pointer that dropped as the buzzer rang that prompted the 2,300-plus fans in attendance to explode.
The shot capped off a 34-point effort by Trahern, which was also a career-high. The win is the first double overtime victory for the Pack since February 20, 2010 when they defeated Western New Mexico.
Making the comeback ever more remarkable was the fact that the Pack saw three starters leave due to fouls.
Andre Martin (Sr., San Diego, Calif.) and Velasquez the second and third leading scorers on the night with 15 points and 22 respectively had to watch the drama unfold due to fouls.
Now nearly in control of its own destiny for a playoff spot with four games remaining, CSU-Pueblo will head to Nebraska-Kearney and Chadron State next weekend.