DUQUESNE 83:81 ST. BONAVENTURE
Redemption couldn't have been more perfect for Derrick Colter.
With 5.5 seconds left and the Dukes trailing, 81-80, Colter missed a pair of potential game-tying and go-ahead free throws. He immediately fouled, which was his first step toward saving the game and becoming the night's unlikely hero.
On the other end, Bonnies guard Andell Cumberbatch, owner of one of the league's finest names, missed twice. Colter rebounded. Duquesne coach Jim Ferry called a timeout. His best player, Ovie Soko, had fouled out. He turned to the five on the floor; they'd run the play before, the one that calls for Colter to inbound, take a handoff and speed up the court. He has two options: shoot himself or ditch to the wings. We saw it against New Hampsire -- remember that? Colter took the shot then, too, and he missed.
So, it was another second chance for Colter. He had 3.8 seconds.
Colter inbounded to freshman forward L.G. Gill, took the handoff, and sprinted over midcourt, getting pressure from Bonnies guard Jordan Gathers as the clock hit 00:03, then 00:02. At the one-second mark, Colter elevated, Gathers ducked underneath to avoid a whistle, giving Colter as clean of a look as he could have asked for on this desperation floater.
I'll let play-by-play man Ray Goss tell the rest:
"I knew it was going in," Colter said afterward. Soko, seated beside him, just laughed and kept shaking his head.
The bucket gave Colter 14 points, a three-for-three night from 3-point range, and, most critically, snapped Duquesne's four-game losing streak in the most dramatic possible fashion. It landed him at No. 4 on SportsCenter's top-10 highlights alongside three other buzzer-beaters.
Colter had turned the ball over four times in the first half, and Ferry admitted his was really displeased with his point-guard play, but Colter turned things around in the second half and finished with five assists and that sweet, sweet taste of redemption.
Here's the P-G gamer, in case you missed it.