Skyhawks fly high in rally

Tomsick, FLC down Dixie State

Nothing like a little drama to shake a team to life early in the season. Especially when your team comes out on top.

Nick Tomsick hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, then the Fort Lewis College men’s basketball team outlasted Dixie State 89-82 in overtime Friday at the Colorado Mesa Thanksgiving Classic in Grand Junction.

“It was a really good early-season college basketball game,” FLC head coach Bob Hofman said. “I’m proud of the way they hung in there.”

Tomsick’s 3 was part of a 27-point performance and capped a furious rally after FLC (2-0) trailed by six with 97 seconds to play. A missed free throw and a turnover led to a Tomsick 3 and Jared Smith jumper to cut the lead to 71-70. After two McKay Massey free throws, Tomsick played hero to force the extra frame.

The Skyhawks jumped out to a quick 78-73 overtime lead and made enough shots and free throws down the stretch to hold off the Red Storm (3-1).

Marcus Ayala added 15 points for the Skyhawks, and Matt Mazarei had eight assists to just one turnover for Fort Lewis, with the duo giving FLC quality point guard play. Mike Matthews added 10 points, while Wes McKenzie chipped in 11 for FLC.

Dixie State outrebounded Fort Lewis 43-29 and shot 52 percent from the field. But the Skyhawks made amends for those deficiencies by forcing 22 Red Storm turnovers to keep the game within range.

“We’re pretty solid defensively,” Hofman said. “We’ve got a lot of depth on the wings.”

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