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Ja’Quan Newton buzzer-beater gives Miami key road victory

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After going through a three-game losing streak, with two of those losses coming against a Boston College team that won’t be in the NCAA tournament and a Syracuse squad that’s currently on the bubble, Miami entered Tuesday’s game at No. 9 North Carolina on a two-game win streak. While Jim Larra√Īaga’s team was in good shape with regards to simply getting into the NCAA tournament, another marquee win would go a long way when it comes to the Hurricanes’ seeding.

Enter Ja’Quan Newton, whose three-pointer from just inside of the mid-court line as time expired gave Miami a 91-88 win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

Newton’s game-winner capped a wild final 9.2 seconds, a sequence he began with two made free throws to give Miami an 88-85 lead. Joel Berry II would hit a three over Newton’s outstretched hand to tie the game with 4.1 seconds remaining, but Newton had one last play to make. Not only does the win boost Miami’s NCAA tournament profile, but it also keeps the Hurricanes in the conversation for a double-bye in next week’s ACC tournament.

Newton’s shot was the game’s biggest play, but on a night in which six players scored in double figures the Hurricanes did not lack for contributors. Chris Lykes, who may be one of the ACC’s most exciting freshmen, scored a game-high 18 points and dished out four assists. While the 5-foot-7 freshman did commit five turnovers, he’s willing to go out and look to make plays which is a big deal with Bruce Brown out with a foot injury.

Counting Tuesday’s performance Lykes has now reached double figures in six of Miami’s last seven games, giving Miami another perimeter scoring option. Dewan Huell added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Lonnie Walker IV 13 points, with D.J. Vasiljevic and Ebuka Izundu combining to score 22 points off the bench.

Izundu, who entered Tuesday’s game averaging 4.8 points per game on the season, scored all 12 of his points in the first half as Miami took an eight-point lead into the half. While the progression of Lykes has been key over the last month or so, Izundu’s play over the last three games is worth noting as well. The 6-foot-10 junior chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds in last week’s win over Notre Dame, and if Izundu can continue on this path he gives Miami another interior option they can rely on consistently.

With Bruce Brown not expected to return until some point during the NCAA tournament, Miami’s margin for error is even smaller than it was with the talented sophomore on the court. But when it receives solid efforts across the rotation as it did Tuesday night, Miami’s capable of being a handful.

Offensively the Hurricanes were able to work their way into the paint against North Carolina, outscoring the Tar Heels 36-24 in the paint and shooting 54.8 percent from the field and 11-for-20 from three. Add in 20 points off of 13 North Carolina turnovers, and Miami did the work required to put itself in position to leave Chapel Hill with the win. Things got interesting late thanks to North Carolina’s comeback, but the Hurricanes had one last play to make.

And Ja’Quan Newton rose to the occasion, with the senior guard spoiling the night for North Carolina’s senior class.

Jordan Barnes’ double-clutch three sends St. Louis Eagles to Peach Jam title game (VIDEO)

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Sunday afternoon the CP3 All-Stars and St. Louis Eagles met in the semifinals of the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina, with the headliners being 2016 prospects Harry Giles (CP3) and Jayson Tatum (St. Louis Eagles). Of course there was also the matter of Tatum making his college decision following the game, as he chose Duke on national television.

While those were the major plots in this one, there was also the game itself. CP3 All-Stars led by double figures for a significant stretch of the game, with the Eagles making a furious comeback in the second half. But down by two with 4.8 seconds remaining the Eagles still needed a shot to either send the game into overtime or win it.

With Tatum being taken away the ball wound up in the hands of 2016 guard Jordan Barnes, who took off down the court and hit a double-clutch three-pointer from the right elbow as time expired to give the Eagles a 74-73 win. Above is video of the shot, as filmed by NextUpRecruits.

That was Barnes’ second game-winning shot of the weekend, and as a result the Eagles advanced to¬†take on the Georgia Stars in the title game (which was won by the Stars). According to Rivals.com, the Christian Brothers College HS (St. Louis) guard holds offers from Arkansas State, Indiana State, IUPUI, Missouri State and South Alabama.

Division III Piedmont College wins on a 40-foot buzzer-beater (VIDEO)

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There were some insane buzzer-beaters in college basketball over the weekend. N.C. State toppled Georgia Tech for a road win thanks to Trevor Lacey’s running 3-pointer and the end of the Division II Drury and Quincy game was one of the best finishes we’ll see in a college basketball game all season.

Piedmont College represented the Division III ranks in the buzzer-beater category this weekend as sophomore guard Trae Gaines hit an unlikely game-winning, buzzer-beater after a full-court inbound pass with 2.8 seconds left. Gaines banked in a 40-foot, 3-pointer to give Piedmont a 63-61 win over Maryville.

The end of the Division II Drury/Quincy game is one of the best college basketball finishes of the year (VIDEO)

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One of the best finishes to a college basketball game this season occurred on Saturday as Drury outlasted Quincy for a 90-88 overtime win.

Quincy received a go-ahead 3-pointer from Godson Eneogwe with 1.6 seconds left to put them ahead 88-87 in overtime, but Drury had an answer from guard Kameron Bundy.

On the ensuing possession, Bundy received an inbound pass near mid-court, took two dribbles and buried a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Panthers a 90-88 win.

Some have questioned how Bundy could dribble two times and release a shot with 1.6 seconds left. Thanks to a tip from reader Dante Rebori, here’s video of the game’s telecast, which includes the running clock.

 

Florida tips shot into its own hoop, loses to Florida State, 65-63 (VIDEO)

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With three seconds left, with the score tied 63-63, Florida State had a sideline out-of-bounds play. The Seminoles inbounded the ball to Devon Bookert on the baseline, who took a contested, fadeaway 3-pointer.

The shot was shot, but Florida reserve forward Jacob Kurtz, who had seven rebounds in the game, went out to corral the miss. In a wild twist, the ball tipped off his hands, up and into the basket with 0.4 seconds left.

Florida had a desperation attempt, but didn’t even get a shot off, as the Seminoles took a 65-63 win.

This couldn’t have happened to a worse person than Jacob Kurtz. The junior¬†forward began his career at Florida as a manager. Now as a walk-on, he’s played significant minutes for the Gators this season due to a series of injuries. However, even on a loaded Final Four team last season, Kurtz found a way to see 8.5 minutes per game.

Unfortunately for Kurtz and the Gators, this is one of the more bizarre plays you’ll see. It’s the equivalent of a defensive back trying to slap down a Hail Mary pass only to direct the ball into the hands of a receiver. Although, it may not be the worst play in Florida’s recent memory. Remember the two football players blocking each other?

Florida State improves to 8-5. Florida falls to 7-5.

The 23 best college basketball buzzer-beaters of 2014

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1.¬†Michael Qualls‚Äô buzzer-beating dunk in Arkansas‚Äô overtime win over Kentucky ‚ÄĒ Jan. 14

Kentucky left Michael Qualls alone on the baseline, and he made the Wildcats pay with a buzzer-beater putback dunk. This was the first of two overtime wins for Arkansas over Kentucky during the 2013-14 season. This play was listed as the third best dunk of 2014.

2. Tyler Ennis’ 35-footer keeps Syracuse perfect — Feb. 12

What made Tyler Ennis such an impactful freshman last season was how clutch he was late in the game for the Orange. With 3:14 left in the¬†game at Pittsburgh, Ennis committed a turnover. Up until that point, he hadn’t turned the ball over in the last five minutes of any game. He made up for it with this shot¬†to improve Syracuse to 24-0.

3. Dylan Garrity sinks 70-footer in wild win for Sacramento State over Weber State — Feb. 2

In the final 15 seconds of overtime involved two technical fouls, eight free throws and two 3-pointers. After Davion Berry tied the score for Weber State, Dylan Garrity hoisted this attempt a foot outside the 3-point line on the opposite side of the court.

4. George Mason’s Jalen Jenkins hits a game-winner from 75 feet away — Nov. 29

Not much is expected from the Patriots in the Atlantic 10 this season, however, George Mason had one of the early highlights of the season when Jalen Jenkins stole a game from Manhattan with a 75-foot bomb to beat a pretty good Jaspers team, 64-63. George Mason had trailed by eight with 1:14 left.

5. Rasheed Sulaimon extends Duke-Syracuse Part 1 — Feb. 1

Rasheed Sulaimon endured a sophomore slump last season, though, he did step up in crunch time in one of the most anticipated college basketball games of the 2013-14 season. In front of 35,446 fans inside the Carrier Dome, Sulaimon raced down the floor for this game-tying 3-pointer, forcing overtime. While Duke ended up losing in overtime, 91-89, we thank Sulaimon for extending it.

6.¬†A.J. Hess breaks UT San Antonio’s heart with a 40-foot game-winner — Nov. 30

Southern Utah hadn’t won a road game since Feb. 7, 2013 and with 2.5 seconds left, trailing by two, it didn’t look like that streak would be snapped. That was until A.J. Hess connected on this 40-footer. The call really makes the clip. The announcers were in disbelief, as the same thing happened to the Roadrunners the previous season against¬†Division II McMurry University.

7. Sterling Gibbs pulls a Kemba to beat Villanova — March 13

A stepback game-winner in the Big East Tournament. Sounds familiar. In the quarterfinals, Sterling Gibbs did his best Kemba Walker impression with Villanova unfortunately playing the role of Gary McGhee. This turned out to be one of two early exits for the Wildcats in March. 

8.¬†Cedric Bowen, Charleston Southern uses a tip slam to beat Ole Miss — Nov. 14

This isn’t really the way the SEC wanted to begin the 2014-15 season. On opening night, the Rebels let Charleston Southern walk away with an upset win, as¬†Cedric Bowen charged from the top of the key to throw down the game-winner right before time expired.

9.¬†Rayvonte Rice gives Illinois ‘Braggin’ Rights’ over Missouri — Dec. 20

What’s better than the throwback uniforms the Illini wore against Missouri? Rayvonte Rice’s stepback 3-pointer at the buzzer for the win in the Bud Light Braggin’ Rights¬†game in Saint Louis.

10. Jordan Gathers’ three helps St. Bonaventure upset Saint Louis — March 14

The Bonnies entered the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 9 seed. St. Bonaventure extended its stay in Brooklyn with a buzzer-beater from Jordan Gathers over top-seeded Saint Louis. This upset was part of a late-season unraveling for the Billikens.

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