CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the game's final minutes, the University of Charleston trailed by three and needed a basket or two.
So why was 6-foot-8 Aleksander Kesic, the team's best post player, positioned out there beyond the 3-point line?
"They were plugging in the lane too much,'' Kesic said of the Notre Dame College defenders.
And with eight seconds left on the shot clock and 1:16 remaining in the game, Kesic, finding the basketball in his hands, swished a 3-pointer to tie it and ultimately force overtime.
In OT, he scored six of UC's first eight points, including another 3-pointer, to help the Golden Eagles to a 100-93 victory over Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Eddie King Gym. A crowd of about 300 attended.
It was the fourth straight victory after a three-game losing streak for the Golden Eagles (17-7, 14-6 Mountain East).
A senior from Belgrade, Serbia, Kesic demonstrated that he's more than just an inside presence. He totaled 27 points on 10-of-10 shooting, mixing midrange jumpers, 3-pointers and drives.
He entered the game 12-for-28 (42.9 percent) from 3-point distance.
"To tell you the truth,'' said UC coach Dwaine Osborne, "I probably need to let him shoot out there a little bit more. He shoots the ball well, and I think that's one of the reasons he's so hard to guard. But I don't want him to stand out there and shoot 10 a game. He can go inside, he hits the midrange shots, he hits his free throws, he hits his 3s.''
"We tried to double him around the basket,'' said Notre Dame coach Tom Koenig, "but sometimes he went through two guys,''