MASSIVE props to may Alma Matter, Belmont University, for giving legendary Duke a heart attack in the NCAA Basketball tournament.
Check out this story from CBS Sports:
WASHINGTON — Mighty, mighty Duke let teeny, tiny Belmont play with the big boys. And, for stretches, get the better of them.
No. 2-seeded Duke actually trailed in the final 15 seconds before barely avoiding the monumental upset, using every last one of Gerald Henderson’s 21 points to edge No. 15 Belmont 71-70 in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday night.
While Belmont couldn’t quite pull off the stunner, it was surprising enough how close this game was. In a matchup between a school with three NCAA titles — that would be Duke, of course — and another that never has won a game in the tournament, it was Henderson’s driving basket with 11.9 seconds left that erased Belmont’s final lead.
After ACC Defensive Player of the Year DeMarcus Nelson stole the ensuing inbounds pass, he was fouled, but he missed at the line. Belmont got the rebound, and one final chance to make history, with 2.2 seconds left. The Bruins’ leading scorer, Justin Hare, got a good look at the basket from about 35 feet away, but his shot clanged off the iron. He winced, and Duke celebrated as though it had won far more than an opening-round game – something it actually failed to do a year ago.
Duke (28-5) advanced this time to face Arizona or West Virginia on Saturday.
And Belmont (25-9) can go home with heads held high.
Way to go, boys! We’re proud, even if most alumni are starving musicians…
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