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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Bizarre finish to Charlotte-Richmond highlights Atlantic-10 tournament

03.15.13 at 8:00 am ET

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NBA: Timberwolves at Rockets, 8 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Bulls at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV, WGN)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Boston College vs. Miami, noon (ESPN2, MyTV; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Illinois vs. Indiana, noon (ESPN)
College basketball: SEC tournament, LSU vs. Florida, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: ACC tournament, NC State vs. Virginia, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Michigan vs. Wisconsin, 2 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: SEC tournament, Tennessee vs. Alabama, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: C-USA tournament, UTEP vs. Southern Mississippi, 4 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Maryland vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Syracuse vs. Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Iowa State vs. Kansas, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: ACC tournament, Florida State vs. North Carolina, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Big East tournament, Notre Dame vs. Louisville, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Big Ten tournament, Iowa vs. Michigan State, 9 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: MWC tournament, San Diego State vs. New Mexico, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big 12 tournament, Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State, 10 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Pac-12 tournament, Utah vs. Oregon, 11:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: MWC tournament, UNLV vs. Colorado State 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Big West tournament, Cal Poly vs. Pacific, midnight (ESPNU)
NHL: Devils at Flyers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
College hockey: Hockey East tournament, Vermont at Boston College, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico vs. United States, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Twins at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB preseason: Pirates at Astros, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Cubs at White Sox, 3 p.m. (WGN)
MLB preseason: Rangers at Giants, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)


‘™¦ Charlotte trailed Richmond, 63-60, with 4.7 seconds left in Thursday’s Atlantic-10 tournament opener at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center. Two seconds later, Charlotte’s three-point deficit turned into a five-point lead en route to a win in one of the strangest finishes ever.

The 49ers attempted 11 free throws — on two fouls and three technicals — to pull out a 68-63 victory. It started when Richmond elected to foul instead of allowing a 3-point attempt that could tie the game. While players were boxing out on the first free throw, Richmond’s Derrick Williams was called for a technical foul for being too aggressive. Pierria Henry made all four free throws to give Charlotte a one-point lead, and the 49ers retained possession of the ball due to the technical.

On the inbounds pass, Henry was fouled at midcourt with 2.8 seconds left, and he threw the ball at the basket, earning three free throws. That set off Richmond coach Chris Mooney, who was given two technical fouls and ejected.

“I felt like I was up there for 30 minutes,” said Henry, who hit eight of the 11 free throws he was given in the final 4.7 seconds, allowing the ninth-seeded 49ers to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals against top-seeded Saint Louis.

Said Mooney: “I was upset and probably too upset. So, again, I apologize. I wish it wouldn’t have happened like that. I can’t take it back right now, but I certainly wish I could, and I wish the whole last 4½ seconds would have been a little bit different.”

In a later A-10 game, Saint Joseph’s was trailing by a point after Xavier’s Langston Galloway hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left. On the ensuing inbounds pass, Justin Martin threw the ball over everyone’s heads and off the opposite backboard. It bounced right to teammate Isaiah Philmore, but his lay-in bounced off the rim and out as time expired.

‘€¢ Dahntay Jones might not agree, but the NBA backed Kobe Bryant‘s assessment that the Lakers star was fouled on the play in which he sprained his left ankle. Bryant was attempting a game-tying jumper against the Hawks on Wednesday night when he landed on Jones’ foot and fell to the ground as the shot missed.

“After review at the league office, video replay confirmed that referees missed a foul call on Jones as he challenged Bryant’s shot and did not give him the opportunity to land cleanly back on the floor,” said a statement on the NBA’s website. “Bryant should have been granted two free throws.”

Bryant, who made his opinion clear in a series of tweets Wednesday night and early Thursday, indicated he was ready to move on later Thursday, tweeting: I’ve cried foul play enough Big boy pants time for me. #tweetvent what else is this thing for? Political correctness? Ha. #saywatufeel

Bryant, listed as being out “indefinitely,” had treatment all day Thursday and tweeted that the ankle was “still very swollen.” The Lakers play the Pacers in Indianapolis on Friday night.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 15, 1928, which player became the first Bruins goalie to win 20 games in a season, with a 3-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “That was definitely probably the hardest part, was leaving Tom. He’€™s a great competitor, a great player. A great friend across the board, so I wish the best to him.” — New Broncos receiver Wes Welker, on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady

STAT OF THE DAY: 105 — Goals allowed by the Panthers this season, most in the NHL, following Thursday 4-1 loss to the Bruins

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Brandon Paul hits the game-winner at the buzzer to lift Illinois past Minnesota in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament.

From a South African Premier League soccer match, Sengalese defender Mor Diouf launches a 70-yard shot in the final minutes to score the game’s only goal.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Love of the Beach Boys (and Kevin Love‘s uncle) was born on this day in 1941.

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