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Jordan Sibert’s last-second three-pointer pushes Dayton past IPFW (VIDEO)

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Up three in the final seconds, the age-old question for teams in that situation is whether they decide to give the foul or defend straight up. That’s the question IPFW had to address in the final seconds of their game at Dayton Saturday afternoon, with the Mastodons holding an 80-77 lead after a pair of Mo Evans free throws with just over nine seconds remaining.

Following a timeout IPFW decided to foul, sending Dayton’s Khari Price to the line for a pair, and after he split those two free throws it seemed as if the strategy would work in the Mastodons’ favor. But a wild pass led to a turnover at mid-court, and Jordan Sibert’s three-pointer with less than a second remaining gave the Flyers a seemingly improbable 81-80 win.

“Just do whatever we could to get the ball back as quickly as possible,” Sibert told NBC Sports over the phone of the strategy following Price’s free throw. “Coach [Archie Miller] set up a play to get a turnover and try to get a quick bucket.”

Once the turnover occurred the Flyers wasted no time getting in position to go for the win, with Kyle Davis finding Sibert on the left elbow for the winning basket.

“I was thinking about taking the three the entire time,” said Sibert. “I knew the game situation, that a two would tie it, but I worked hard on my three-point shooting and I was very confident. I know that Kyle and Khari are very unselfish, so I knew that if I could get to an open area they would find me.

“They found me, and I was able to shoot my shot.”

Sibert finished the game with ten points, two assists and two steals, with the biggest performance of the afternoon being turned in by sophomore wing Dyshawn Pierre. Pierre finished the game with a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of action, and his play will be key this season as the Flyers look to improve their standing in the Atlantic 10.

“It was amazing,” Sibert said of Pierre’s performance. “It was just normal Dyshawn, seeing his mismatch and being able to take advantage of it. Dyshawn’s a great person and a great competitor, and today he was able to take advantage of his matchup and that’s what we’re going to need if we’re going to win games.”

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.

VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.