Thursday, March 14, 2013
9th seed, Charlotte won their first round game against Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Tournament on Thursday. But the ending was not your most traditional of endings.
With 5 seconds left in the game and leading by three, 8th seed Richmond chose to foul Pierria Henry to prevent a three point shot attempt to tie. Henry made the front end of a one and one while Richmond's Derrick Williams and Charlotte's Willie Clayton became entangled in the lane. Williams shoved Clayton to the court and was whistled for a foul. Because it was a dead ball foul, it turned into a technical foul by rule. Henry made the back end of the original one and one and subsequently both technical foul shots. After a foul by the Spiders Greg Robbins on the inbound, Richmond coach Chris Mooney received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Henry went back to the line. 6 free throws later and Charlotte went from being down three to leading, 68-63 which was the final score. After the smoke cleared, Henry had shot 10 free throws in the final 5 seconds, making 8 of them and the 49ers move on to face top seed Saint Louis in the quarterfinals.