The longest game of this year's college basketball season thus far featured clutch threes, head-scratching turnovers and even a body slam better suited for a wrestling match than a basketball game.
Here's a look at the five most memorable moments of Stanford's 103-101 quadruple-OT victory over Oregon State late Saturday night in Corvallis. The win improved the Cardinal to 13-3 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12 and dropped the Beavers to 1-3 in league play after an impressive 10-2 nonleague mark.
1. Chasson Randle atones: Randle didn't start for the first time this season Saturday after a poor game at Oregon two nights earlier, but the Stanford freshman showed why that's likely to be a temporary benching.
Randle scored Stanford's first seven points of the fourth overtime, including what turned out to be the game-winning layup, propelling the Cardinal to a victory in the longest game in the history of their program. Twenty-two of Randle's 24 points came after halftime as Stanford earned a much-needed road split in Oregon and stayed within a half game of first-place Colorado in the Pac-12.
"We were going to keep punching until someone was knocked out," Randle told the Bay Area News Group. "I think we could have kept going. It was a lot of fun."
2. Roberto Nelson's body slam: Maybe it was the frustration of not sinking the go-ahead bucket. Maybe it was the mental exhaustion of a four-overtime game.
Whatver the reason, Oregon State's Roberto Nelson appeared to lose his mind when he body-slammed Stanford's Josh Huestis to the court with 3.8 seconds left in the fourth overtime and Stanford clinging to a 102-101 lead. Huestis had just grabbed a defensive rebound after several Beavers had a chance to give their team the lead on put-back opportunities.
Bizarrely enough, Nelson's foul was not ruled flagrant. Equally bizarrely, it doesn't appear any reporters in Corvallis asked him about the play in the postgame news conference. Huestis landed hard on his head, but he made 1 of 2 free throws and reported via Twitter after the game that he was "all good."
3. Anthony Brown saves Stanford: The biggest shot of the game for Stanford came at the end of the third overtime after the exhausted Cardinal had gone the first 4:44 without scoring a point.
Sophomore Anthony Brown caught a long pass from Randle, created space for himself in the corner with a step back and buried the game-tying three (1:38 of this video). It was the only points the Cardinal would score in the third overtime, but it was enough to force a fourth because Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton missed final-seconds shots for the Beavers.
4. Game winner waived off: Stanford forward Josh Owens could have avoided overtime altogether had he managed to release his would-be game-winning layup at the end of regulation a split second sooner.
The play began when Stanford's Dwight Powell missed an off-balance go-ahead jump shot with just a few ticks left on the clock and Oregon State's Eric Moreland corralled the rebound. Owens stepped in front of Moreland's outlet pass, but referees correctly ruled after a video review that the Stanford senior's ensuing layup attempt had not left his finger tips when time expired (1:04 of this video).
5. Nelson's shoeless heroics: The highlight of Nelson's breakout 15-point first half were the back-to-back threes he sank after losing a shoe.
"I was lucky," Nelson told reporters postgame. "I was sliding around everywhere. The team did a great job of helping me out because I was on one foot, but that's probably the first time I made one without a shoe."
It would seem as though shooting with one foot in socks and the other in shoes would be a disadvantage, but perhaps Nelson should have stuck with it. The highly touted sophomore missed four of his other five 3-point attempts including the potential game winner at the buzzer in the fourth overtime.