It was just what Mount St. Mary's needed. Disjointed on offense and self-destructive with turnovers, the Mount had won only two games.
But the Mountaineers claimed their third victory Saturday night, a 97-92 overtime win over Georgia State in the championship game of its Holiday Tournament in Emmitsburg.
"We did it at home, in a close game, in overtime," said coach Jim Phelan. "I was getting leery of what we'd do in those situations. We got a good effort from a lot of people. This will help us.
"I like to think this can turn any negative thinking around."
The Mountaineers never were behind in the overtime. Tournament most valuable player Chris Cavanagh, the team's 7-foot center, hit a 16-foot jumper to gain the lead, and two free throws by Phil Galvin and a breakaway basket by Chad Stull made it 90-84.
In the opener, Drexel (2-6) never trailed and methodically defeated the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-10), 87-56.
* UCLA: Shon Tarver seemed to be open all night, scoring 29 points as the No. 2 Bruins, unbeaten in seven games, piled up their highest point total of the season in a 113-62 rout of Oral Roberts Saturday night.
* CONNECTICUT: The No. 5 Huskies won the Connecticut Mutual Classic, getting 23 points from Chris Smith to beat Furman, 87-68, and match their best start (8-0) in six seasons.
* ARIZONA: Arizona fans at the Fiesta Bowl Classic thought they'd witness a thumping. But it was their hearts that were pounding as the No. 6 Wildcats (6-1) just managed to outlast Evansville, 83-76.
* MICHIGAN STATE: Matt Steigenga and Shawn Respert scored 19 points apiece as No. 9 Michigan State (10-0) won the Spartan Classic. The 72-62 loss was Stanford's first in seven games.
* INDIANA: First Damon Bailey scored 23 points, then denied rumors of his discontent. "I'm planning on staying at Indiana," Bailey said without hesitation after the No. 10 Hoosiers (8-2) routed Indiana State, 94-44, for the championship of the INB Hoosier Classic.
* OKLAHOMA: Knowing what Texas Christian is capable of, Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs was satisfied after his No. 14 Sooners held on for a 78-73 victory in the final of the 56th annual All-College Tournament.
TCU jumped to a 20-5 lead and led most of the way before Oklahoma went on a late 13-0 run to put it away.
* KENTUCKY: John Pelphrey had 16 points and sparked No. 17 Kentucky (8-2) over No. 21 Louisville (6-1), which shot 40 percent from the field.
* ST. JOHN'S: Malik Sealy scored 24 points, and No. 18 St. John's (6-2) won the ECAC Holiday Festival for the 11th time with a 75-54 rout of Memphis State.
* UTAH: Weber State coach Ron Abegglen never gave up on David Baldwin, even after Baldwin missed three shots in a row in the first half. And when No. 19 Utah made a bid to overhaul the Wildcats late in the game, it was Baldwin who came up with back-to-back three-pointers to preserve Weber's 72-59 upset of the Runnin' Utes (9-2).