Last night Penn State and Iowa were in a battle. The Hawkeyes were up three, less than seconds to play in the game and on defense.
And sports fans, we call that, “Foul or Defend?”
Iowa fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining and Penn State trailing by three. Jermaine Marshall of PSU calmly sunk the first free throw. He then tried to intentionally miss the second shot, giving the Nittany Lions a chance to get an offensive rebound and tie the game.
“I tried to push it long, and I did, but it ended up going in,” said Marshall.
In 34 situations this season in college basketball, 32 times the team that fouled, came away with the win without going to overtime.
Last night the Portland Trailblazers and the Dallas Mavericks were involved in a Foul or Defend in Portland. The Mavericks were up three and on defense.
LaMarcus Aldridge came up big on a sweet sideline out-of-bounds play to tie the game with a step-back three from the right corner. Aldridge was 0-for-9 from 3-point range this season until hitting the shot with 4.5 seconds left to tie the score at 104-104.
A few seconds later, after an offensive foul was called on OJ Mayo, Aldridge nailed the game-winner. (Aldridge’s shot comes at the :25 mark of the clip)
This is the third time this season the Dallas Mavericks have been involved in the Foul or Defend. The Mavericks have now given up three’s in two different Foul or Defend situations and have lost both.
Blazers win, thanks for coming, arrive home safely.