Morehead State: Eagles Shoot Down Louisville on Late Demonte Harper Three
Morehead State Uses a Late Three-Pointer From Demonte Harper to Take Down Louisville
Down two with less than 20 seconds to play, Morehead State guard Damonte Harper made sure the Eagles' glass slipper stayed intact, knocking down a three-pointer with 11 seconds to play to give the 13-seeded Eagles a 63-62 win over the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals.
Louisville's last-ditch three at the end of the game went begging, handing the Eagles the biggest victory in the program's history.
In the early going, things didn't look nearly that close. Morehead State jumped out to a 15-2 lead, using their superior size and rebounding skill to control the game over the smaller Cardinals. But, Louisville showed why they were one of the best teams in the Big East this season chipping steadily away at Morehead's lead, before tying the game, then taking a 33-30 lead on a Kyle Kuric three.
However, as time expired on the first half, guard Terrance Hill gave us a preview of what was to come, hitting a three at the buzzer to tie the game at the half.
The second half was just as closely fought, as neither side was able to hold a lead of more than eight points, although Louisville appeared to have control of the lead.
The Eagles would come back once more, though, re-taking a three-point lead with three minutes to play. The lead would be short-lived, as Louisville came back again to take a 61-59 lead with less than 30 seconds to play.
But, Harper would drain a three, and give Morehead the win with 11 seconds left.
Hill led all scorers with 23 points for the Eagles, while Kenneth Faried and Ty Profitt each hit double figures.
Louisville was paced by Chris Smith, and the guard scored 17 points, the only Cardinal to score 10 or more points.
The Eagles will take on the winner of tonight's Vanderbilt-Richmond game on Saturday.
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