Babson beat Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 NCAA Division 3 Tournament National Championship.
Up by one at 79-78 with 10.8 seconds left in the game, Babson’s Joey Flannery missed the front end of a 1-and-1 at the line.
As Augustana grabbed the rebound and went back on offense with a chance to win the game, Flannery sprinted the full length of the court to block a potential championship-winning layup by Augustana’s Nolan Ebel.
“That’s not the first time he’s run down a ball to save a game for us,” Babson coach Stephen Brennan told the AP of Flannery’s heroics.
“I’ll always be thinking about that missed free throw,” added Flannery, an 84 percent free throw shooter. “But luckily it didn’t matter.”
Flannery, a 6-5 senior guard who was last year’s D3 Player of the Year, had 23 points for Babson (31-2).
“The national player of the year made a great play,” said Augustana coach Grey Giovanine. “That’s what they do.”
Senior forward Isaiah Nelsen added 18 points, and junior forward Nick Comenale chipped in 16 points in Saturday’s historic win which clinched Babson’s first-ever national championship.
Flannery, who was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, ended his college career eighth all-time in D3 scoring with 2,620 points.
For Augustana (24-9), Nolan Ebel had a team-high 20 points with 7 rebounds in the loss.
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