Miami Spoils UNC’s Senior Night With Shocking Game-Winning Heave At The Buzzer

Bryan Brandom
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Last night was one of late game-winners for residents of Miami.

About an hour after the city’s NBA team saw its recently returned star drill a winning shot in the closing seconds, the University of Miami Hurricanes basketball team won in somehow more thrilling fashion over the No. 9 UNC Tar Heels.

UNC’s Joel Berry II nailed a wild, off-balance three to tie things up with four seconds left, only for Miami point guard Ja’Quan Newton to sprint just past halfcourt and connect on a miraculous buzzer-beating game-winner.

Here’s another angle, focusing more on Carolina-blue deflation.

It was senior night at the Dean Smith Center.

“If we get it into overtime, we’re gonna win,” said Berry, a senior, after the 91-88 defeat. “I hit a big time shot. Unfortunately [Newton] hit a big time shot too.”

For UNC fans, the circumstances—hitting an inspired game-tying three-pointer with four seconds remaining only for their opponents to launch an even more spectacular game-winner—should feel brutally familiar: That’s how they lost the the national championship game to Villanova in 2016.