It looked bleak for the Charlotte 49ers, who trailed Richmond by three points with less than five seconds remaining in the first round of the Atlantic 10 men’s basketball tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
With 49ers guard Pierria Henry at the foul line, the game would quickly turn crazy – a good kind of crazy for the 49ers.
Henry made his first free throw, but Richmond’s Derrick Williams threw Charlotte’s Willie Clayton to the floor jockeying for rebounding position. Williams was called for a technical foul, setting in motion a strange series of events.
Henry made his second free throw, then hit two more for Williams’ technical. Two seconds later, after another Richmond foul as Henry attempted a long 3-pointer, Spiders coach Chris Mooney was called for two more technical fouls and was ejected.
Those two technicals against Mooney – in addition to the shooting foul – sent Henry back to the free-throw line for seven more foul shots. He made four of them.
Three technicals. Eleven free throws. Eight points. All in less than five seconds. The 49ers went on to win 68-63.
“You couldn’t make that up if you wanted to make a movie out of that one,” 49ers coach Alan Major said. David Scott
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