MONTICELLO, AR (HardingSports.com) - Harding sophomore Jacob Gibson made the game-winning 3-pointer with 47 seconds left in double overtime to give the Bisons an 89-87 victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday at Steelman Field House.
The victory gave Harding six wins in its last seven games and improved the Bisons' record to 9-6 overall and 6-3 in Great American Conference play. Arkansas-Monticello lost for only the second time in 11 home games and dropped to 11-5 overall and 4-4 in conference.
"What a gutsy effort," Harding head coach Jeff Morgan said. "We had chances to win it in regulation, but I could not be prouder of these guys."
A 3-pointer from Arkansas-Monticello's Ryan Lensing with seven seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime tied at 68. Both teams scored 10 points in the first overtime. Harding's Hayden Johnson made a free throw, also with seven seconds left to knot the game at 78 and send the game to the second overtime.
Harding freshman Will Francis made three layups in the double overtime period for six of his 16 points. The Bisons' only other field goal in overtime was Gibson's 3-pointer.
"Jacob's got a ton of confidence," Morgan said of the game-winning shot. "And we have confidence in him taking those shots."
Johnson led Harding with 22 points and eight rebounds. Gibson finished with 15 points, and Blake McNair had 14 points. Starting guard Weston Jameson played all 50 minutes.