Video of Union’s Tanner Nelson tying the score in regulation with 9.6 seconds left, and Jackson’s attempt to win.
Jordan Chatman’s 24-foot 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in overtime catapulted the Titans into the state semifinals.
“I was open,” Chatman said, “so I though I had to take it.”
When Union came out of a timeout, the plan was to get the BYU-bound Chatman the ball. But even his teammates were surprised that he attempted the long-range shot.
“I didn’t know he was going to shoot a 3 that deep,” said Tanner Nelson, who passed the ball to Chatman. “He just launched it.”
Jackson had a chance to take the lead, but missed a couple shots and then traveled. Union got possession and dribbled out the final seven seconds.
Nelson and Chatman each scored 20 points for the Titans (19-7). Nelson sent the game into overtime when he made two free throws with 9.6 seconds left, tying the score at 60.
Jackson guard Sam Brown scored 24 points, hitting 6 of 12 3-pointers, and forward Jason Todd totaled 22 points and 13 rebounds.
Brown’s 3-pointer with 1:55 left in regulation gave the Timberwolves (19-6) their first lead, 56-55, of the fourth quarter.