NCAA tournament 2014: Texas’s Cameron Ridley beats buzzer, Arizona State

March 21, 2014

MILWAUKEE, WI – MARCH 20: Cameron Ridley #55 of the Texas Longhorns blokcs a shot by Jahii Carson #1 of the Arizona State Sun Devils in the second half during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 20, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

We were about one-tenth of a second from heading to our fourth overtime of the round of 64. But after Texas guard Jonathan Holmes missed a three-point shot in the final moments, Longhorns forward Cameron Ridley grabbed the rebound and converted a layup a tick before the regulation clock expired.

The 6-foot-9, 285-pound Ridley is known to clear out a lot of space inside with his frame, and it was his rebounding prowess that lifted Texas to an 87-85 win in Milwaukee over No. 10 Arizona State. 

Ridley finished the evening with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and none bigger than the offensive rebound that earned Texas its first tournament win since 2011. Arizona State trailed by as many as 14 and took the lead late in the second half but Jordan Bachynski’s game-high 25 points wasn’t enough. As you can see, Ridley’s shot floored the Sun Devils bench.

 

 

 

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