Ferguson scored six points in the third extra period, giving him eight for the game to go with his 14 rebounds and the Eagles (10-7, 4-0) remained one of three undefeated teams in the Big South Conference (Radford 3-0; Presbyterian 3-0).
Gardner-Webb (5-11, 1-3) scored the last five points of regulation, but it was the Bulldogs who couldn't hold the late lead in the first two overtime periods.
In the first OT, Gardner-Webb led 80-74 with 18 seconds left. Vaudrin buried a 3-pointer for Winthrop and was fouled on the shot with 7 seconds left. After he intentionally missed the free throw, Hale grabbed the offensive rebound, found the 3-point arc and made the shot to force another overtime. Vaudrin made the tying shot -- a 3-pointer -- in the second overtime with four seconds to go.
Gardner-Webb's Jose Perez scored a career-high 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting and 11-of-14 free throws. Jaheam Cornwall added 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Eric Jamison Jr. had 12 points and eight rebounds. Nate Johnson added seven points and 10 rebounds.
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