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UMBC hits an incredible buzzer beater to force double overtime

UMBC hits an incredible buzzer beater to force double overtime

BY TYLER BYRUM

For a brief moment on Saturday, UMBC took a play out of the 1992 Duke playbook.

In order to force double overtime against America East conference foe New Hampshire, UMBC needed nothing short of a miracle.

With 2.3 seconds remaining on the clock in the extra period, the Retrievers down three and inbounding the ball from their opponents baseline, they needed some full court heroics, whether it was the pass or the shot. 

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Instead of a Grant Hil three-quarter court length pass to Christian Laettner spin, then shot for the win, it was sophomore, Joe Sherburne to senior, Will Darley. Spin move included and everything. 

UMBC (14-7, 5-3) would go on to win the contest 105-103 in a game that featured numerous comebacks. In the final box score, Darley scored 12 points and Sherburne 10. 

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says there should be a college football season

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says there should be a college football season

Amidst growing momentum in postponing the college football season to the spring, this year's biggest star has isn't mincing words on why there should be a season ithis fall. 

Hours after ESPN reported the Big Ten is looking to postpone fall sports while waiting to see if other Power 5 conferences were going to do the same, star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence tweeted his reasoning for having a fall season.

Lawrence has been vocal about the need for a 2020 season despite the complications of playing a contact sport during a pandemic.

"Players being safe and taking all of the right precautions to try to avoid contracting covid because the season/ teammates safety is on the line. Without the season, as we’ve seen already, people will not social distance or wear masks and take the proper precautions," Lawrence wrote on his Twitter thread. 

Back in June, Clemson announced 28 members of the athletic department tested positive for coronavirus, producing the highest return of positive tests around the country at the time. 

While those in positions of power continue to lean towards opting out of the fall season due to all the headaches that come with it, Lawerence's outward cry of public support to play next month could have some Power 5 presidents more hestitant than before. 

If anything, Lawrence's passion gives college football fans a glimour of hope in increasingly desperate times. 

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Report: Big Ten, other Power 5 conferences leaning towards canceling 2020 season amid pandemic

Report: Big Ten, other Power 5 conferences leaning towards canceling 2020 season amid pandemic

The likelihood that college football is played this fall is looking bleaker by the day.

The commissioners of Power 5 conferences reportedly had an emergency conference call on Sunday evening to discuss the 2020 season, and the large majority of Big Ten presidents want to postpone the season due to concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

Earlier this week, the Big Ten halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.

Moments later, reports surfaced that the Big Ten is leaning towards moving forward without a fall football season, and a formal decision could be made as soon as early this week, according to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger.

The cancelation or postponement of the 2020 college football season seems to be inevitable, multiple sources have told ESPN.

The news doesn't come as a surprise considering the current state of the pandemic in the United States. However, the Big Ten just announced a new, conference-only schedule earlier this week, so the timing is a bit odd.

The Mid-American Conference postponed football and all fall sports on Saturday. If the Big Ten becomes the first Power 5 conference to postpone football, and fall sports as a whole, it will be interesting to see how quickly (if at all) the other major conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12) follow suit.

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