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

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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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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