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Three-quarters-court heave gives NAIA school the win at the buzzer

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

College basketball's most spectacular shot of the week didn't happen in Puerto Rico, Maui or any of the other high-profile holiday tournaments.

It took place at a tiny 1,200-student school in Huntington, Ind.

Huntington University's Shane Merryman buried a three-quarters court heave as the final buzzer sounded Tuesday night to give the NAIA school a 61-59 victory over conference foe Marian. Only seven tenths of a second remained in the game when Huntington inbounded the ball, so Merryman had no time to do anything but catch, release and pray.

The improbable basket capped a wild final minute that included four lead changes and a court-storming. Huntington initially regained the lead on Derek Hinen’s turnaround fade-away 10-footer with 4.5 seconds left, but Marian's Jason Riley drew a foul and sank both free throws to put the visitors up one again and pave the way for Merryman's last -second heroics.

Merryman finished with a game-high 23 points. It's safe to say none were as memorable as the shot that won the game, spread quickly on social media and landed him on SportsCenter.

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