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Back breaking buzzer beater

November 29, 2012 - Michael Bleach
Against Minnesota Duluth, despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half, the Michigan Tech women were in prime position to escape with a win thanks to two free throws from do-everything senior Sam Hoyt.

The Huskies led 82-80, with just over three seconds left on the clock and the length of the floor to go for Duluth.

Tech lost 83-82.

Here is what happened:

First, coach Kim Cameron elected to not guard the in-bounder — a decision always carefully weighed after Grant Hill found Christian Laettner. She considered throwing 6-foot-4 Emily Harrison on her, but ultimately decided she would rather have her defense set up around halfcourt with an extra man free to roam.

Looking back on the decision Tuesday at practice, Cameron said she would not change that aspect.

"I know that is an option some people go," Cameron said. "But I think we are best set up with an extra defender free."

What she would change, is what happened next.

Duluth's Alyssa Kerkhoff received the ball with her momentum heading down the court to the left. The Husky defense shadowed her, but by design, did not cut her off. Cameron believed that with the right-handed Kerkhoff dribbling left, the Huskies should continue to force her to her weak hand to make an across-the-body shot more difficult.

More difficult or not, Kerkoff banked it in just inside half court. There is no confirmation about whether she called glass or not.

"Looking back on it now, I would want to turn her," Cameron said. "I told the girls not to let her go back right, but she got a good look going left. So if we had to do it again, I would tell them to cut her off."

Of course, while attention is paid to the final shot, Cameron is more haunted with the previous 80 points allowed.

"That last shot did not beat us," Cameron said. "Blowing a 16-point lead is what beat us. ... It was heartbreaking though."



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