Sophomore Connor Bair's tip in with :02 left in overtime capped a game-closing 9-0 run in the final 3:00 of overtime as visiting St. Thomas escaped Carleton with a 62-61 win Saturday in MIAC men's basketball play.
The Tommies (9-3 overall, 5-2 MIAC) won their third MIAC road game in six days -- all without injured senior point guard Grant Shaeffer. UST pushed its win streak to five and stayed one game behind first-place Bethel tied for second with Hamline.
UST overcame two strong performances by the Knights: Kevin Grow had 19 points and 25 rebounds, and Kent Hanson scored a game-high 22 points.
The Toms also survived 37 percent shooting from the floor and 61 percent shooting from the line. They had just 11 turnovers while getting a 24-9 edge in bench points.
Carleton rallied from seven down late in the second half. Both teams missed a go-ahead shot late in regulation, the Knights with 13 seconds to go, UST with :03 left.
Carleton used a basket, a 3-pointer and a conventional 3-point play in a 8-0 run to start overtime with 61-53 lead with 3:11 left.
Tommie sophomore G.T. Johnson sank his only shot of the day -- and his first collegiate 3-pointer -- with 42 seconds to go in overtime to cut the Knights' lead to 61-60.
Carleton missed two free throws, then after a UST missed shot turned it over with 10 seconds left.
John Veil's shot with :04 to go missed but Bair rebounded and scored the go-ahead putback. After a timeout, Carleton missed a desperation shot.
The Toms play Wednesday at home against St. Olaf.