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Ranking Saturday’s four best last-second game winners

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

It wasn't the best Saturday of college basketball we've seen this season, but it did feature plenty of last-second drama. Here's a look at the four best last-second game-winning shots from Saturday's slate.

1. It took two Trevin Harris three-pointers in the final 15 seconds of overtime on Saturday night for Pacific to escape with a 66-64 victory over Idaho State. First Harris sank a shot to tie the game at 63. Then after Idaho State's Melvin Morgan hit 1 of 2 free throws with 4.9 seconds left, the Pacific sophomore took a pass from teammate Andrew Bock and sank a contested running three off one foot as time expired to give the Tigers the win.

2. To remain within striking distance of first-place Harvard in the Ivy League, Penn needed to avoid a loss at struggling Columbia. The Quakers made it more difficult than it needed to be but survived thanks to a memorable last-second basket in overtime. Instead of inbounding to star Zack Rosen to let him go for a game winner, Miles Cartwright threw a lob to Fran Dougherty coming off a Rosen screen for a game-winning alley-oop with 0.5 seconds to go.

3. Doug McDermott may have scored 36 points in Creighton's 81-79 victory over Long Beach State, but it was teammate Antoine Young who delivered the Bluejays' most memorable basket. With the score tied, Young used a ball screen to get into the lane, pulled up from seven feet when he encountered resistance and sank the go-ahead fallaway jumper with three tenths of a second left.

4. Seth Greenberg inserted Dorenzo Hudson into the game with 3.5 seconds to go to make the inbound pass, but it turned out the fifth-year senior got to take the winning shot as well. When Georgia Tech trapped Jarrell Eddie in the corner, he threw a desperate pass to Hudson, who spotted up on the right wing and sank a fadeaway three as time expired to give the Hokies a 74-73 win. Considering how Virginia Tech blew a nine point lead in 73 seconds the previous game against Florida State, the Hokies were probably due some good fortune.

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