“After the shot went in, I didn’t know it went in,” Poole said. “I looked at the bench. I was always thinking if I hit a shot like that, I didn’t want to get tackled. So I was kind of trying to avoid everybody, but I gave up and they tackled me and it was an amazing experience.”
Jordan Poole hits a three-pointer as time expires and Michigan beats Houston to advance to the Sweet 16. pic.twitter.com/KTZ9vfTgIn
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) March 18, 2018
But at least one of his teammates, junior big man Moritz Wagner, made a detour en route to the revelry — to console and shake the hand of Houston freshman Corey Davis Jr., the Cougars’ second-leading scorer who managed just three points in the 64-63 defeat.
I really enjoyed watching Houston’s Corey Davis compete. And then he suffered this.
But then a classy move from Mo Wagner.
What a way to finish in Wichita. pic.twitter.com/CHZqeq7lWp
— Jeffrey Parson (@JeffreyParson) March 18, 2018
“Seeing the guys like that, at the end of the day, sports is all love,” Wagner said of the moment. “I have feelings for both sides. It’s very emotional and this group is special. … At the end of the day, you’re only human. Seeing people like this, it’s a weird feeling. For an emotional guy like me, I knew if (Poole) doesn’t make that shot it’s us laying on the floor. You got to appreciate both sides.”
The starting big man played just 23 minutes due to foul trouble, but still managed 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
He added: “Defensively they were really good. They held us to 64 points and they were in there with all their hearts. I have a lot of respect for the way they played.”