#MAACtion: Marist and Iona combine to score 209 points, 55-foot buzzer-beater included

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Thursday night was a good night to be invested in college basketball.

Nate Wolters scored 53 points in a single game, Belmont suffered their first OVC loss of the season, UCLA’s Larry Drew hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Washington AND Illinois’ Tyler Griffey hit a running lay-up at the buzzer to stun the No.1 Indiana Hoosiers in dramatic fashion.

But what if I told you that wasn’t all? What if I told you that somewhere up in soon-to-be-covered-in-snow New Rochelle, NY, the game of the night was being put on display by Iona and Marist.

I can understand if you watched the Illinois-Indiana game and are having difficulty understanding how a game could have been any better than what took place in Champaign on Thursday night. But I assure you it happened.

Marist beat Iona 105-104 in double overtime.

This is the shot that sent the game into double overtime.

Yup. That’s video of Marist’s Chavaughn Lewis drilling a 55-footer at the buzzer to tie the game at 94. But in the 18 seconds leading up to that shot Marist had turned the ball over, fouled twice, and scored on a lay-up with four seconds left to cut the lead to three.

In double overtime both teams eclipse the century mark and MoMo Jones nearly sent the game in to a third overtime with a 3-pointer, but his foot was on the line.

(Via @RyanRestivo)

But that’s not where the game ended. No, not a game that featured 209 total points, 50 minutes of basketball and a 55-footer at the buzzer.

All Marist had to do was run out the clock. But there’s a reason why the Red Foxes entered the game with a 1-10 MAAC regular season record.

Following the Jones’ field goal, Marist’s Jay Bowie turned the ball over, giving Iona a chance to end things once and for all. But once again Chavaughn Lewis came to the rescue, blocking Sean Armand’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Jones finished with 37 points in the losing effort. Adam Kemp led the way for Marist with 29 points, and both Jay Bowie and Chavaughn Lewis finished with 21 points. Lewis also played the entire game, all 50 minutes, as did his teammate Isaiah Morton.

Game of the night?

I just wrote 400 words about a game featuring Marist, a 5-19 team from the MAAC.

Game of the night.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.