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Elijah Joiner hits game-winner in first game his father sees him play


SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JANUARY 23: TULSA, OK - JANUARY 22: Tulsa Golden Hurricane Forward Elijah Joiner (3) and Tulsa Golden Hurricane Forward Martins Igbanu (1) celebrateduring a college basketball game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Memphis Tigers on January 22, 2020, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK. (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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In one of the most powerful moments we will see this entire college basketball season, Elijah Joiner broke down on the dais on Saturday afternoon talking about the game-winning three that he hit against No. 23 Wichita State:

Joiner’s father was not in his life growing up. They knew who each other were, but they did not have a relationship. It wasn’t until recently that they started trying to get to know each other, to build a father-son relationship.

Saturday was the first time that Joiner knew his father was watching him play, and he happened to drop 22 points, five boards and five assists while hitting a game-winning, buzzer-beating three to beat No. 23 Wichita State and take over sole possession of first-place in the American.

Just awesome.