March 15, 2013
BROOKLYN – Charlotte's Pierria Henry hit eight foul shots in the games final 4.7 seconds to knock off Richmond in the first ever Atlantic-10 tournament game at held at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Yes, you read that correctly. Eight foul shots in 4.7 seconds.
The Richmond Spiders led by three with 5.9 seconds left when they purposely fouled Pierria Henry, forcing him to making his foul shots instead of potentially sending the game into overtime with a 3-pointer.
But what happened next changed the entire complexion of the game.
After Henry made the front-end of a 1-and-1, Richmond's Derrick Williams shoved Charlotte's Willie Clayton to the ground while attempting to box out. The referees issued Williams a technical foul and Henry would be given two additional shots and the ball on top of the one he still had left to take. Henry made all three to put the 49ers up by three. On the ensuing possession, Henry was once against fouled by Richmond but not before he attempted to get a shot off. Richmond coach Chris Mooney was irate and was issued a technical foul for his efforts. He then tore off his jacket and was given his second technical foul and was ejected from the game.
Henry went to the line and went 5-of-7 to put the game on ice.
In the final 4.7 seconds of the game Henry went 8-for-11 from the free throw line. This was, in short, one of the most bizarre and unexpected finishes to a basketball game we've seen all season, and we've seen a lot of bizarre and unexpected finishes.
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