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Trevor Lacey buzzer beater lifts Alabama over South Dakota State (VIDEO)

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The first buzzer beater of the season belongs to Alabama sophomore guard Trevor Lacey, who’s three-pointer lifted the Crimson Tide to a 70-67 win over Nate Wolters and South Dakota State Friday night at home.

The play started with Lacey on the wing, then setting an off the ball screen, trying to free up a teammate fading behind the arc. Lacey flashed to the ball and received a pass from Anthony Steele with just over five seconds remaining, being covered by SDSU’s Brayden Carlson.

Carlson got caught leaning into the ball screen. The 6-foot-3 Lacey fake a move towards the screen then crossed over, took one extra dribble and drilled his second three-pointer of the night, ending with 15 points.

Alabama led by seven with five minutes remaining, but a tough South Dakota State team was able to rally and tie the score at 67 with 30 seconds to play.

Wolters scored 30 points of 10-of-15 shooting for the Jackrabbits. Trevor Releford led the Tide with 18 points off the bench.

Bama will play West Alabama on Monday. SDSU takes on Tennessee State on Wednesday.


(Video credit to Matt Norlander of CBS)

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

 

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: