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.
There have been some wild game-winning shots down through the history of college basketball.
But watch this video of Wagner’s Kenny Ortiz last-second buzzer-beater from the left corner going off the top of the backboard and then through the net and decide if you’ve ever seen anything like this.
Wagner coach Dan Hurley, who’s seen a few things in his basketball days, never had.
“It was the craziest ending to a game that I’ve ever seen,” Hurley told SNY.tv after his Seahawks stunned Santa Clara, 64-62, in the Championship Game of the 45th annual Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Cal.
“Kenny is a winner. He has made that shot at Branchbrook Park in Newark a thousand times.”
Ortiz’s shot set off a wild celebration and capped a 12-rebound, eight-point, four-assist performance that earned him the Most Inspirational Player award.
Sophomore Latif Rivers was named Tournament MVP after averaging 19 points. Joining Rivers on the All-Tournament team was junior Jonathon Williams, who averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Wagner won its first in-season tournament title since the 1997 Pepsi Marist Classic, capping a school-record 9-2 mark in non-conference play.
“We are excited to win a championship in a hostile environment against a quality program like Santa Clara,” Hurley said.
Hurleys team is now 10-3 while recording double-figures in victories before the end of the calender year for the first time in school history.
The Seahawks have beaten teams from the Big East, West Coast Conference, Mountain West, Colonial, Ivy, Patriot and MEAC.
“We are a good road team because we defend and play hard,” Hurley said.
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.