HELENA - Freshman forward Andy Garland scored 35 points and hauled down 17 rebounds as No. 13-ranked Carroll College beat Rocky Mountain College 76-73 in double overtime Friday night in a Frontier Conference men's basketball tussle.
The 6-foot-5 Garland, who is from Missoula, scored 25 of his points in the second half - including a total of 13 during the two overtimes. He shot 13 of 20 from the field on the night and seven for seven at the foul line.
"He's going to be a special player in this league for four years," said Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen. "He had a great game."
With a crowd of 2,714 looking on, Garland put the Saints ahead for good, 74-73, with a 3-pointer with 1:10 to play in the second OT. Senior guard Scott Stockwell added two free throws with 25 seconds remaining.
Rocky's James Bulluck missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds and Garland gobbled up the rebound. His 17 boards included 10 on the offensive end.
"It was just a heavyweight fight," said Dreikosen. "We went down swinging."
With its seventh straight win, Carroll is now 3-0 in league and 13-1 overall. Rocky dropped to 1-3 and 12-6.
Carroll also received 18 points from Chad Vaculin and 12 from Josh Saunders.
Rocky was led by the 21 points of Chase Sukut. Devin Uskoski added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Vaculin sent the game into the first overtime tied at 56-all by sinking two free throws with two seconds left in regulation.
Rocky grabbed the lead, 66-64, on a driving basket by Nate Richardson with three seconds to go in the first OT.
But Carroll's Saunders completed a long baseball pass to Garland, who tied the game with a layup as the buzzer sounded.
"They played extremely hard," Dreikosen said of his Bears. "Both teams did. There was no letup on either end. Every basket was earned tonight. It was just a great, great Frontier Conference game."
The Bears will return home this week for games against Lewis-Clark State on Thursday night and No. 2-ranked Westminster College on Saturday afternoon.
Rocky women 62, Carroll 49
HELENA - Senior Liz Lewis hit for 17 points and junior Dani Henderson had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as Rocky scored an elusive 62-49 victory over Carroll in a Frontier women's game.
The Battlin' Bears, in winning at Carroll for the first time in at least five years, are now 2-1 in conference games and 8-10 overall. The Saints fell to 1-2 and 12-7.
"I think it was huge for us," Rocky coach Brian Henderson said of the win. "Every single one of these games is going to come down to meaning something."
Rocky, which maintained a double-digit lead in the game's final 15 minutes, limited Carroll to just 24 percent shooting on the night. The Bears made 33 percent of their shots.
"The girls got after it," Henderson said of his team's defensive effort. "We just got out and tried to challenge their shooters and make sure they didn't have any good looks."
Janie Rayback collected 13 points for the victors, while teammate Molly Schenderline notched 10. Lewis also had eight rebounds and four steals.
Alysha Green led Carroll with 15 points. Hayley Pettit chipped in with nine rebounds.
Rocky held junior guard Elly Bruursema, the Frontier's leading scorer, to seven points - 10 below her average. She shot only one of 11 from the field.
Carroll connected on three of 23 attempts from 3-point range. Rocky went five of 31.
The Bears led 36-26 at halftime and the closest the Saints got in the second half was eight points at 40-32.
"If we wanted to stay in contention for the conference championship this is a game we needed to win," said Henderson.
Rocky will be at home this week, with games against Lewis-Clark State on Thursday night and Westminster College on Saturday afternoon.