The sport that nearly didn’t get to complete all of the sudden didn’t need to finish.
With 2 minutes 43 seconds remaining within the second half of the lads’s basketball sport between No. 11 Windfall and Xavier on Wednesday night time, officers halted play due to slippery situations. Leaks from the ceiling on the area in Windfall, R.I., had prompted water to fall onto the court docket. Play resumed after a delay exceeding 10 minutes.
Then got here extra time. Then a second further interval. After which a 3rd.
Lastly, with 31.5 seconds left within the third extra time, Windfall’s Jared Bynum beat Xavier’s zone protection with a deep 3-pointer to offer the Friars their largest lead earlier than they clinched a 99-92 victory.
Windfall (23-3, 13-2 Large East) took yet another step towards successful its first regular-season Large East title, whereas Xavier (17-10, 7-9), having entered the sport broadly projected as an N.C.A.A. event workforce regardless of a latest skid, misplaced for the fifth time in six video games.
Standing water on the roof was believed to have prompted the issue, Bob Driscoll, Windfall’s athletic director, told CBS Sports, which broadcast the sport. As soon as play resumed, for a quick interval managers ran onto the court with towels whereas motion continued on the different finish.
“No matter it was, it labored,” Windfall Coach Ed Cooley said in his postgame news conference.
Xavier led, 66-63, on the stoppage however misplaced its benefit after a 4-0 run by the Friars. After a jumper by Windfall’s Al Durham tied the sport with 23 seconds left, Xavier’s Adam Kunkel missed a leap shot with three seconds left to ship the sport to extra time.
Windfall had an opportunity to seal a victory within the second extra time, however Alyn Breed’s missed free throw with 6.6 seconds left saved the margin at 3 factors. Xavier’s Paul Scruggs grabbed the rebound, sprinted upcourt and made a 3-pointer from the left wing on the buzzer to pressure the third extra time.
“We simply had no fuel in our legs to attempt to foul,” Cooley stated. “With six seconds left, it’s virtually computerized. And we simply couldn’t catch him.”
Bynum led all scorers with 27 factors, and Durham, Windfall’s second-leading scorer, added 13 earlier than fouling out within the second extra time. Kunkel led the Musketeers with 20 factors, and Colby Jones and Jack Nunge had double-doubles.
The groups prevented the destiny of a February 2018 sport additionally on the Dunkin’ Donuts Middle.
On an identical day, unseasonably heat within the morning and afternoon earlier than a precipitous temperature drop, the climate change created condensation on the court docket from the ice floor beneath it. The world additionally hosts the Windfall Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins.
Seton Corridor and Windfall needed to play the remaining 13:03 the subsequent day at Alumni Corridor, the on-campus bandbox that had by no means hosted a Large East males’s basketball sport.
Windfall doesn’t face this downside completely. In 2016, the Philadelphia 76ers needed to postpone a sport towards the Sacramento Kings due to a moist court docket after the Flyers had a house sport the earlier night time.
However Wednesday wanted no postponement or change of venue, and Windfall, with its third extra time win of the season, continued its march to the N.C.A.A. event.