REGINA, Sask. – The Alberta Golden Bears and the Regina Cougars battled it out for two extra sessions on Saturday night before the visitors came out with a 104-101 victory in a Canada West men's basketball game at the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport.
The Cougars led for almost all of the second overtime, but Dwan Williams sliced through the Regina defence for a layup with just six seconds remaining to put Alberta up by one. Regina had an opportunity to take the lead after that, but a tough turnaround three-pointer by Brayden Kuski didn't fall and a pair of Ivan Ikomey free throws put away the victory for Alberta.
The win moves Alberta's record to 9-1 on the season as the No. 5-ranked Golden Bears go into the December break second to only undefeated Calgary in the Canada West standings.
Cole Knudsen and Williams led Alberta in scoring with 24 and 22 points, respectively. Andre Kelly added 15, while Adam Paige scored 12 and Ikomey finished with 10.
Samuel Hillis scored a game-high 25 points while also pulling down 13 rebounds for the Cougars, while Carter Millar collected 16 points and 14 rebounds to notch his seventh double-double of the Canada West schedule. Josiah Thomas and Kuski both added 15 points, while Arinze Emeka-Anyakwo had a career-high 10 points to go along with five rebounds. The Cougars fall to 4-6 with the loss.
In the first overtime, it looked like Alberta was well on its way to the win after scoring 11 of the first 13 points. The Golden Bears still led by eight with two minutes to go, but the Cougars promptly went on an 8-0 run to erase that Alberta lead and send it to a second five-minute overtime.
Both teams had opportunities to end the game prior to the second overtime. Hillis put up a contested floater that fell short at the end of regulation, and Tyus Jefferson pulled up for a three-pointer for Alberta at the conclusion of the first overtime.
Alberta returns to action on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 at home against UBC Okanagan, while the Cougars will fly out east on Boxing Day to compete in the Classique Olga Hrycak hosted by UQAM. They'll take on McGill, UQAM, and Bishop's at that non-conference tournament before resuming Canada West play at Lethbridge on Jan. 3 and Jan. 4.
NOTES: The Cougars played in their first double-overtime game since Nov. 19, 2011 when Paul Gareau's 26-point, 16-rebound effort and Jared Janotta's near-triple double helped push them to a 93-91 win over Calgary.