The UConn Huskies needed a miracle, but finally managed to beat the Cincinnati Bearcats in the American Athletic Conference Quarterfinal in quadruple overtime by a score of 104-97. Daniel Hamilton finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as Connecticut won despite 37 points from Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain.
But Hamilton was not the true hero of the game. That honor went to his teammate, Jalen Adams. It all started when, with time winding down in the third overtime, Cincinnati took an 88-85 lead when Kevin Johnson hit a three-pointer and 0.8 seconds remained on the clock. All signs pointed to a Bearcats victory.
Except, Cincinnati forgot to set up defense on the inbounds pass and Adams hurled up a prayer from beyond halfcourt. By nothing short of a miracle, the shot sank.
Jalen Adams from 80 feet to force a fourth overtime. https://t.co/y6pjIZNjsQ
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) March 11, 2016
The momentum then shifted completely in UConn’s favor, as the Huskies never looked back. Timely baskets from Hamilton late in the fourth overtime sealed Connecticut’s fate as winners, and the Huskies will now face Temple in the AAC Semifinal tomorrow.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, can likely kiss its NCAA Tournament hopes goodbye.
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