Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Griffin, Sooners Down Purdue to Win NIT; No. 7 Blue Devils Up Next for Boilermakers
NEW YORK – With his team trailing by three points in the closing seconds of overtime against Oklahoma, Lewis Jackson penetrated the Sooners’ defense and had an opportunity to shoot near the basket.
The play was for Jackson to drive in for a layup to cut the lead to one, but instead he bounced a pass toward Keaton Grant, who stood beyond the three-point line on the left wing.
Jackson’s bounce pass went left as Grant slid the other way.
The two teammates looked at each other and grimaced over the miscommunication, but the damage had been done.
It was Oklahoma ball with 9.5 seconds left and the Sooners hit their free throws down the stretch to preserve an 87-82 overtime victory in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Boston College beat UAB, 83-77, in the consolation game behind 24 points from senior guard Tyrese Rice.Read the full story here.
There is no time for Purdue to wallow, as a date with No. 7 Duke looms ahead in Tuesday’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
“We’re drooling, we’re drooling,” Purdue guard Keaton Grant said of the matchup. “This one sits in our stomach with a bad taste in our mouth. We’re drooling for Tuesday.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.