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Is it ever too late to make a comeback in a college basketball game?
If you ask Lon Kruger and the 2004-05 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, they would probably say “No.”
On February 12, 2005 in a game against San Diego State in his first year at UNLV, Kruger’s squad found themselves down 10 points (81-71) with 19 seconds to play in regulation.
Odarty Blankson scored on a put back with 17.8 seconds to go.
Just 4.2 seconds later, Blankson was fouled taking a shot from beyond the arc. He made all three free throws.
After SDSU missed two free throws, UNLV’s Jerel Blassingame nailed a three with 7.6 seconds on the clock.
After SDSU made one of two free throws, Curtis Terry hit an off-balance three at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Rebels not only tied the game up and sent it into overtime, but ended up beating the Aztecs 93-91 after playing the bonus period.