Charlotte stuns Richmond
by Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports
The headline says it all.
Eight points in 4.7 seems impossible. On Thursday in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament in Brooklyn, it became possible.
No, Reggie Miller was not in the building. Instead there were just a lot of angry, perplexed Richmond players and coaches.
The Spiders, clutching a 63-60 cushion with 4.7 seconds to go, were called for three technical fouls as the 49ers took the lead from the foul line with the clock stopped. Pierria Henry made eight free throws in the final five seconds to catapult his team into the next round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.
“I am shocked,” Richmond coach Chris Mooney said after the game. “It’s a pretty devastating way to lose the game.”
It all started when Richmond chose to foul Charlotte to prevent the 49ers from attempting a tying three-pointer. After Henry made the front end of a one-and-one, the Spiders’ Derrick Williams was called for a technical while fighting for the rebound.
Instead of needing to intentionally miss the second free throw to hope for a tip to tie the game, the 49ers found themselves with three more free throws — plus possession — to try to take the lead. Henry made the second end of the one-and-one, then made both technicals to give Charlotte a 64-63 lead.
Contributing: The Associated Press