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Senior guard Mark Celaya scored 32 points as the University of Great Falls outlasted Rocky Mountain College 83-77 in overtime Saturday night in Frontier Conference men's basketball at the Fortin Center.

UGF's Lukas Hambsch nailed a 3-pointer with one second to play to send the game into overtime tied at 72-all.

Marcel Towns hit three of four free throws in the final 27 seconds of the five-minute OT to help keep the Argos in the lead. Hambsch also had a key steal in the closing seconds.

 UGF improved to 4-8 in league and 11-16 overall. The Bears, who received 18 points, 22 rebounds and two blocks from junior center Sergio Trocha, dropped to 3-9 and 10-18 with their fifth straight loss.

Rocky had taken a 72-69 lead in the closing minute of regulation play on a rebound basket by Joel Barndt and two free throws by Trocha.

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Towns added 22 points to the UGF cause. Melvin Williams had 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Bears were led by the 25 points of E.J. Ross, including five 3-pointers. Joel Barndt scored 12 points and had six rebounds.

Rocky will conclude league play this week by playing at Montana Western on Friday and Montana Tech on Saturday.

 

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