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EWU stuns Northern Arizona 77-74 in OT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Parker Kelly hit an overtime-forcing 3-pointer with 15 seconds left to cap a furious comeback, then made another 3 in the extra session, to help Eastern Washington shock Northern Arizona 77-74 in a Big Sky Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday.

Kelly finished with a career-high 19 points for the Eagles (7-17, 5-9), who trailed 58-40 with 7:35 to play after NAU’s Gabe Rogers scored. But EWU didn’t allow a field goal the rest of regulation and closed on a 26-8 run helped by reserve redshirt freshman Tyler Harvey, who scored eight points in the final 3:31 on his way to 14 for the game.

In overtime, Kelly’s 3 followed one by Harvey that gave the Eagles their first lead, 69-67, since midway through the first half. Harvey added another 3 with 1:23 left, and Jeffrey Forbes made two free throws with 9 seconds to play.

Rogers, who led the Lumberjacks (9-15, 6-8) with 25 points, missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

EWU senior Kevin Winford scored 12 with five assists and a career-high four steals. Forbes chipped in 10 points.

Harvey entered the game having averaged just 4.8 minutes in 13 games. He had only scored 17 points this season, with a high of six in the team’s opener at Washington State. He made 5 of 6 shots overall and 4 of 5 from the 3-point arc against the Lumberjacks. Before that he had made only 6 of 17 overall and 3 of 9 3-pointers.

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