American University (8-3) came back twice tonight, in regulation and in overtime, to defeat Central Florida, 85-83, and capture the Tangerine Bowl Tournament.
American's Boo Bowers hit a layup with one second left in overtime to give the Eagles their eighth straight victory, a school record.
Bowers, who was named tournament MVP, scored 25 points and Stan Lamb added 23 for American.
With the score tied at 83, Central Florida froze the ball at 1:35 and ran the clock down to 20 seconds before Wil Nix missed a short jumper and Bob Harvey came up with the rebound for AU.
Harvey sent the ball down to Leon Kearney, who fed Bowers for the winning layup.
American led at halftime, 44-39, but saw its lead evaporate in the opening seconds of the second half as the Division II leading scorer Bo Clark scored three straight jumpers to put Central Florida up, 47-46.
Central Florida led by as much as six with 6:38 to go but American responded with six straight points to tie the game at 66 with five minutes left.
Bowers, who scored 60 points in two nights on his way to the MVP, title, said, "I feel really good after making those pressure shots. Last night and tonight were my two best games of the season."
Coach Gary Williams said, "I feel that we didn't play really well but I think you can cedit Central Florida for that. They took us out of our game and they are the first team this year to do that."
Central Florida led by three with 25 seconds left in regulation, 78-75. Bowers then missed the second of a one-and-one to put American down, 78-76, with 16 seconds left.
American quickly fouled Central Florida's Gerald Jones, who missed the first shot of his one-and-one opportunity, and Bowers grabbed the rebound. Stan Lamb sank a 15-foot baseline shot with four seconds left to send the game into overtime.