By Luke Coughlan/DFP Staff
Freshman guard D.J. Irving’s fourth and final free-throw attempt of the game sailed through the air and agonizingly bounced off of the rim and into the waiting hands of opposing guard Earl Pettis.
It was a rebound that all but sealed the game for the Explorers from La Salle University, as the Boston University men’s basketball team was forced to foul Pettis with eight seconds remaining because they were still down by one excruciating point, 82-81.
Pettis would follow the foul with two buckets from the charity stripe that gave the Explorers (6-3) a three-point lead. Senior forward John Holland managed a 3-point shot before time expired but missed off of the backboard to end the game at 84-81. A chance to finish clawing their way back into the game and nail down a close win had come as close as Irving’s free throw with 10 seconds left, but the comeback simply wasn’t meant to be.
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