College basketball: Best game-winning shots halfway through the season
College basketball season is almost halfway done, and there have been some magnificent shots that deserve to be revisited.
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Kris Dunn pushes the Friars over the Jays
Providence’s matchup with Creighton was a slugfest throughout, but Kris Dunn came to play in the final minutes. Always dangerous from the elbow, watch as Dunn spoils a Creighton upset bid in Omaha:
Melo Trimble breaks hearts at the Kohl Center
Is there a guy you’d rather have with the ball in his hands late in a game than Melo Trimble? Probably not. Maryland was struggling on the road against Wisconsin, as teams are prone to do. But Trimble is a superstar, particularly in the clutch. He pulled up from well beyond the 3-point line to drill this game-winner against the Badgers:
Miami only has two losses this season. Its first came to Northeastern and this big-time buzzer beater from Quincy Ford:
Roosevelt Jones takes down the Bearcats
Jones knows a thing or two about buzzer beaters. Three years ago he hit one to knock off Gonzaga at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and earlier this season, he stunned Cincinnati with this gem:
Equally as impressive as the shot was that fastball from Austin Etherington on the inbounds pass.
LIU Brooklyn gets in on the fun
LIU Brooklyn gets a sweet block at one end and a buzzer beater at the other. Jerome Frink gets the swat, and Joel Hernandez hits the huge bucket at the other end:
Block! Long pass ... 3 at the buzzer! IT'S GOOD! https://t.co/wMJQZKqLER— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) November 17, 2015
Bryce Alford and the Bruins stun Arizona in Pauley Pavilion
This shot was so Bryce Alford that it hurts. Against then No. 7 Arizona and with former UCLA star Russell Westbrook in attendance, the score was tied at 84. So Alford did what he does best: he took over the game in the waning seconds.
Bryce Alford game winner! pic.twitter.com/dFSDi8papg— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) January 8, 2016
"I hit the shot, turned around and he was just screaming at me," said Alford, who wore giveaway eyeglass frames in honor of Westbrook. "He's one of us."
Javan Felix nails a buzzer-beater to knock off the Tar Heels
There’s a reason Texas is one of our sleeper teams to watch in the 2016 NCAA tournament. Well, perhaps they shouldn’t really be considered sleepers anymore. Led by Shaka Smart, the Longhorns defeated then-No. 3 North Carolina in Austin on this Javan Felix dagger:
It was a career night for Felix, who finished with 25 points and a shot that he’ll remember forever.
Elmira scores 6 points in 8 seconds and wins on incredible buzzer beater
It’s hard to win a game in crazier fashion than Division III Elmira's triumph against Endicott.
Not only did the Soaring Eagles score six points in eight seconds, but they won on what was nearly a full-court heave as time expired:
Brockport forces OT with improbable finish
There was another fantastic DIII finish last night. Brockport's Hamed Shamseldin rebounded a miss from a teammate's full-court shot and drained this bucket to force overtime in an eventual victory against Oswego:
This is why we love college basketball.