CSU Asesoft Ploiesti held off Enisey Krasnoyark in a tense battle to win their first game in Group E of the EuroChallenge 75-71.
The game had been tied at 66:66 after Catalin Burlacu's lay-up for CSU with 4:05 remaining.
Kevin Burleson hit a jump-shot to put the hosts on top 68-66, and the lead was three with 2:10 to go after Burlacu split a pair of free throws.
But Frederick Warrick immediately cancelled that out with a three-pointer, and the game stayed tied as Burleson sent up a pair of bricks from the free-throw line with 1:42 to go.
Burlacu had CSU in front once again with a three-point play 55 seconds from time, but Enisey would not go away as Warrick made two free throws to cut the gap back to one, 72-71 with 40 seconds left.
Darius Hargrove padded the CSU lead with a lay-up, and the gig was up for Enisey when Warrick's three-point attempt bounced out with seven seconds left.
Burlacu added another free throw to put the final nail in the coffin.
In a tense game, rarely had either team looked like pulling away, the biggest lead just six points.
CSU had briefly threatened to take control at the start of the fourth quarter as Rashard Griffith's dunk put them 64-58 ahead.
But Enisey responded with an 8-0 run that turned the tables completely and had them 66-64 ahead on Lionel Chalmers' lay-up with 6:06 left.
Burlacu finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Arvydas Ceplius had 17, Burleson 16 and Hargrove 13.
Chalmers led Enisey with 15 points, while Warrick managed 10, shooting only two of seven (28.5%) from beyond the arc, and Vladimir Dyachok also had 10.
Krasnoyarsk head coach Ainars Bagatskis:
"Asesoft didnt surprise us today. They played the same game on slow-motion, and the coach pushed all the game to the power-forrward, Catalin Burlacu.
"We had problems with the fouls, and we didn't know what to do to keep our important players on the court. I think this is the hardest group! We will play untill the end."
Asesoft head coach Vladimir Arnautovic:
"I want to congratulate my players. After we have lost two games by 1 point we were very sad. We have preparated this game very good and we did what we were suposed to do.
"I wish to all our fans Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"