Saint Joseph’s is moving on to a date with Oregon in the second round following a first-round win over Cincinnati, but boy did it take one heck of a late-game sequence to get there.
Down 76-75 with just seconds remaining, Hawks star DeAndre Bembry passed the ball to Isaiah Miles, who knocked down a 3 with just seconds remaining to give St. Joe’s a 78-76 lead.
Then Cincinnati went the length of the floor and nearly tied the game on an Octavius Ellis dunk that was just ever so close to leaving his hands in time. But the dunk was just a 10th of a second too late, as you’ll see below.
The refs ruled Octavious Ellis’ dunk good, but I think it’s after the buzzer. (Maybe) another heartbreak for Cincy. pic.twitter.com/QiiFYhG1iE
— Andy Wittry (@AndyWittry) March 19, 2016
Here’s a photo of the ball still in Ellis’ hand. Just ever so close, but no cigar.
Shouldn’t have tried to dunk it, Cincinnati. Got too greedy. Now you’re going home pic.twitter.com/r8InowA3jP
— Keith (@KeithMcC29) March 19, 2016
In all, it ended with a 78-76 win for St. Joe’s led by its two stars Bembry and Miles. Bembry had 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Miles added 19 points, including what ended up being the game-winning 3.
“These players are very, very special, and I’m delighted to coach them one more day,” St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli said after the game.
More on this to come …