Multiple conference tournaments tip off on Wednesday, one of which being the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham. And in the first game of the day, FIU and UTSA scripted a finish that will be hard for any game to match this week (or for the remainder of the season, for that matter).
After a Ray Rodriguez free throw gave FIU a 54-51 lead with eight seconds remaining, UTSA’s Keon Lewis hit a three-pointer from the right wing to tie the game. Unfortunately for the Roadrunners there was still time for FIU to attempt one more shot, and Dennis Mavin took full advantage of the opportunity.
Mavin banked in a shot (the defender was close but looked afraid to commit a foul) from half-court as time expired, giving FIU the 57-54 victory. FIU advances to the quarterfinals, where they’ll take on two-seed UTEP Thursday afternoon.
Vine credit: Pierce Roberson
After bouncing back from a six-game losing streak by sweeping their road trip to Washington last weekend, California was at risk of squandering that progress Thursday night against USC. After Jordan McLaughlin missed the second of two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining, Cal’s David Kravish grabbed the rebound and passed the ball to junior guard Tyrone Wallace.
From there Wallace took two dribbles and released a three-pointer just before time expired. Despite being challenged by two defenders the shot rattled home, giving the Golden Bears the 70-69 victory. This is the second straight game in which Cal’s needed a three-pointer in the final seconds to win a game, with Sam Singer hitting a three with four seconds remaining to beat Washington on Sunday.
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Three days after they beat Georgia State 77-74 in double overtime, Texas State managed to beat UALR by the same exact score Thursday night. The hero Thursday night was none other than senior guard D.J. Brown, who knocked down a contested three-pointer as time expired. Brown led four Bobcats in double figures with 16 points while also accounting for five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
With the win Texas State is now 3-1 in Sun Belt play, a game behind Louisiana (which beat Georgia State Thursday night) in the conference standings.