Drexel makes unbelievable half-court buzzer-beater
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Frantz Massenat's controversial half-court, 3-point heave at the final buzzer gave Drexel a 55-52 victory over Hofstra on Wednesday night in a Colonial Athletic Association thriller.
“My mom, my dad, my cousins and my aunt, a lot of friends from the area,” Massenat told NBCSports.com. ”I was excited. I’m still excited. I keep watching it over and over.”
The shot overshadowed a great performance by Hofstra's Taran Buie, who scored 29 points and tied a Hofstra single-game record with seven 3-pointers. This, after starting off 1-for-8 from the floor.
It was the final play that left Drexel (7-11, 3-3) triumphant and Hofstra (5-14, 2-4) livid.
With the score tied 52-all and the clock winding down, Massenat tried to step through two Hofstra defenders who nearly had him trapped beyond half-court. He launched a prayer from there and the ball swished through the net as the final buzzer sounded.
Hofstra head coach Moe Cassara, his staff and players argued vehemently that Massenat traveled to get off the shot. But the officials conferred, and disagreed.
"Right before I left, one of our coaches said ‘No matter what, go get the ball.’ So we go out on the court and I go get the ball and two guys come to double team me," Massenat said. "I noticed they backed up and I split the double team."
He added with a laugh: “It was looking good the whole time."
- CSNPhilly.com/Associated Press
St. Bonaventure holds off St. Joe's
Demetrius Conger had 21 points and seven rebounds, and St. Bonaventure opened a 20-point lead at halftime and held off hard-charging St. Joseph's 73-64 on Wednesday in Atlantic 10 action.
Matthew Wright scored 18 points and Chris Johnson had 15 for the Bonnies (9-9, 2-3), who led 36-17 at halftime.
Halil Kanacevid had 16 points and six rebounds for St. Joseph's (10-7, 1-3), Ronald Roberts had 14 points and eight rebounds, C.J. Aikens had 13 points and Chris Wilson 12.
St. Bonaventure's Johnson made a 3-pointer for a 56-36 lead with 11:58 to go, but Wilson's trey capped a 16-2 run for St. Joseph's to close to 58-52 at 5:32, but six points was as close at the Hawks got the rest of the way.
St. Bonaventure scored the first 12 points and pushed the lead to 35-10 on Demetrius Conger's three-point play at the 4:32 mark.
- Associated Press
No. 7 Indiana pulls away from PSU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help No. 7 Indiana rout Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday night.
The Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) survived a sluggish shooting first half with strong defense and used a fast second-half start to reassert their dominance in this series.
D.J. Newbill had 18 points and Jermaine Marshall finished with 12 to lead Penn State (8-11, 0-7), which has lost seven straight overall and 12 straight on the road in league play.
It wasn't pretty.
While limiting Penn State to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half, Indiana used runs of 7-0, 8-2 and 12-5 to take a 33-19 lead.
The Hoosiers wasted no time taking control in the second half, going on an 8-0 spurt in the first 65 seconds to extend the lead to 41-19. Penn State couldn't get closer than 17 points the rest of the way.
- Associated Press