Lewis-Clark State got the miracle it needed in upsetting the No. 10 Montana Western men's basketball team 101-95 in overtime in the Frontier Conference Tournament semifinals in Dillon Saturday night.
LCSC will play top-seeded Carroll College in the championship at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in Helena.
The Warriors (23-9, 12-7 Frontier) needed a wild rally to force the extra period after the Bulldogs (24-7, 14-5) went ahead 87-82 on a free throw from Zac Darko-Kelly with 23 seconds left in regulation.
Anthony Sullen hit a quick 3-pointer for LCSC, and a turnover from Western's Riley King gave the Warriors a couple cracks at the tie or the win. Doug McDaniel missed the first shot but, after an offensive rebound and a timeout, Trea Thomas tied it with a tough bucket with eight seconds on the clock.
Dom Robinson, who had 39 points with six 3-pointers for UMW, had his last-second shot at the win fall short, sending the battle into overtime.
The teams traded the lead four times in the extra period, with Robinson's free throw tying it at 93-93 with 1:38 left. But the Bulldogs went cold down the stretch as McDaniel scored four points in a closing 8-0 run to seal the upset. UMW missed six straight field goal attempts in the stretch.
Western, which will likely return to the NAIA National Tournament via an at-large berth, trailed by as many as 12 in the first half before Robinson caught fire to pull them back into it. He finished 13 of 27 from the floor, including 6 of 16 from deep, to go along with six boards and four assists.
McDaniel led the Warriors with 29 points and seven rebounds, while Zavon Jackson added 18 points and 21 rebounds. Sullen finished with 22 points.
Shyke Smalls chipped in 18 points and seven boards for Western, while Darko-Kelly had 16 points.
Carroll 72, Northern 57
Zach Taylor had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Carroll College blew open a tight game in the second half against MSU-Northern in Helena to earn its spot in the title game.
The No. 4 Saints (26-5, 16-3), winners of the regular-season Frontier title, led just 36-33 at the break and finished shooting 59 percent from the floor -- including a 9 of 15 effort on 3-pointers.
Ryan IMhoff added 15 points, while Dane Warp chipped in 10 in the win.
Cameron Epps had 19 points with five 3-pointers for the Lights (21-11, 9-10).