With 7.3 seconds remaining, Baltimore native Isaiah Miles drained a three-pointer to put No. 8 seed St. Joseph’s up by two points over No. 9 seed Cincinnati.
Then with a second left, Cincy’s Octavius Ellis had a choice to make as he recovered a loose ball under the basket: lay the ball off the glass or dunk it. In a split-second decision, he chose the latter. It cost Ellis and his Bearcats team the chance to move on to the Round of 32. After reviewing the play, refs called off the dunk, sending No. 8 seed St. Joseph’s to face No. 1 seed Oregon on Sunday at 9:40 p.m.
St Joe's hangs on to beat Cincinnati in a crazy finish after Ellis' dunk was ruled to have been too late pic.twitter.com/j1yDiXH0yQ
— The Cauldron (ICYMI) (@CauldronICYMI) March 19, 2016
I've never seen a buzzer-beater dunk called off. Just happened. St Joe's wins.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 19, 2016
This is how things were going just minutes before the tension built in the game’s final moments.
We've arrived at this point in the evening pic.twitter.com/nqtpqS7lRC
— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) March 19, 2016
After the game, the St. Joe’s mascot enacted what may be the school’s second-most defining moment of the night.
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) March 19, 2016