A 30-foot, seemingly game-winning trey over the outstretched arms of two defenders with three seconds remaining? Easy. A picture-perfect running jumper from just beyond halfcourt to tie the game as time expires? Easier, apparently.
The many joys of basketball were on display during the wild finish to regulation of Thursday’s game between North Dakota State and Denver. We don’t always need NBA All-Stars to enjoy the thrill of hoops – the exploits of mid-major collegians can more than suffice.
It can also confound. Why did the Bison, for instance, allow Denver’s Brett Olsen a completely uncontested game-tying look? 50-footers are makable, especially when they’re shot in what nearly amounts to an empty gym. Not the best late-game decision by NDSU coach David Richman.
Fortunately, his Summit League-leading squad was able to pull away from the Pioneers in the extra session for a 73-69 win.
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