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VIDEO: Wagner’s Dwaun Anderson wins game on tip dunk

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Wagner moved to 5-2 on the season on Tuesday night as they picked up a 65-64 win over Rider on the road.

The Seahawks were able to win thanks to the heroics of senior guard Dwaun Anderson, who made one of the best game-winning plays we’ll see all season.

Already noted as one of college basketball’s better dunkers, the 6-foot-4 Anderson had the game-winning tip slam with two seconds left off of a miss from teammate Corey Henson.

Anderson finished the game with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win:

The dunk itself is awesome.



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Wagner avenged a loss in the semifinals of last season’s NEC tournament with an 84-70 win over LIU Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon, with a 14-2 second half run giving the Seahawks a 17-point lead with 6:53 remaining. One of the big plays during that run was an alley-oop, with guard Latif Rivers throwing a pass off the backboard to high-flying guard Dwaun Anderson.

The dunk wasn’t challenged by an LIU player but rather teammate Marcus Burton, who apparently was unaware that the 6-foot-4 sophomore was in the area. Lesson learned.

Michigan State transfer Dwaun Anderson eligible to play right away at Wagner

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Michigan State transfer Dwaun Anderson has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play right away at his new school, Wagner, Cormac Gordon of the Staten Island Advance is reporting.

“It’s obviously great news for us,” coach Bashir Mason told the paper. “With Dwaun available it means we can begin establishing our identity as team as soon as practice begins.”

Mason, the 28-year-old first-year coach, is the youngest head coach in the country, inheriting the Wagner program from Dan Hurley after he left to take the same position at Rhode Island.

He now welcomes Anderson, who won Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan in 2011.

Anderson did not enroll at Michigan state in the fall of 2011, saying in a statement that he wanted to focus on family after the death of his mother.

“I’ve been in counseling as I attempt to cope with these issues, and I plan to undergo further counseling,” he said. “I want to get all my personal issues in order before moving on to the next stage of my life.”

The 6-4, 200-pound guard brings athleticism and has a chance to excel at the NEC level.

“It’s like a cloud has been lifted from the beginning of the season,” Mason told the paper. “We know what a good person Dwaun is, and he’s made a terrific adjustment to being here at Wagner as a student. Now we’ll see how he takes to the coaching.”

Wagner is coming off a 25-6 season, including 15-3 in the NEC.

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_