Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Kudos to sideline reporter Craig Sager (or perhaps Craig Sager's minions) for digging up an interesting little tidbit on North Carolina A&T forward Austin Witter.
The senior was largely a perimeter defender during his first three years with the program, but first-year coach Cy Alexander saw a monster shot-blocker lurking within, and transitioned Witter to the low post.
There, the New Jersey native racked up 105 blocks during his valedictory campaign, and four more during A&T's opening-round win. And in Tuesday's closing moments, he came through with one of those pesky, stat-sheet eluding shot alterations to seal an Aggie victory.
With A&T up one in the closing seconds and Liberty's John Caleb Sanders driving toward the bucket, Witter launched his 6'8" frame skyward, obstructing Sanders' sight line and forcing a wild, left-handed shot.
There was a fair bit of lower-body contact on the play, but good defenders always err toward aggression in the game's waning moments, and Witter has certainly earned that label.
Additional props go out to Aggie reserve Jeremy Underwood, who poured in 19 points on 6-of-6 shooting. The output was almost 10 points better than his season average.