St. Joe’s defeats Cincinnati in wild finish

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No. 8 St. Joseph’s took the lead on Isaiah Miles’ three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining and punched a ticket to a Sunday date with No. 1 Oregon after a potentially buzzer-beating dunk by Octavius Ellis of No. 9 Cincinnati was waved off to pull off the 78-76 victory.

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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

Octavius Ellis, at the Buzzer…No Good…Heartbreak https://t.co/Rc6wOd26Mv

— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) March 19, 2016

DeAndre Bembry led the Hawks with 25 points as the Hawks fought off a scrappy Cincinnati squad, and all that Ellis could do once his dunk was waved off was weep into a towel. He had the potential to continue his collegiate career with a bang after being dismissed from Cincinnati as a freshman over off-court behavioral issues and returning as a junior college transfer, but it was sadly not to be.

As a result, St. Joe’s is now set to play the red-hot Oregon Ducks on Sunday and given the Hawks’ tough defensive approach under veteran coach Phil Martelli, the Ducks had better prepare accordingly.

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