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Houston stuns Memphis with half-court heave at buzzer to cap off crazy final sequence

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The March Madness tournament hasn’t begun yet, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of insane moments happening in college basketball. During a hard-fought matchup between the Memphis Tigers and the Houston Cougars, Houston nailed a near half-court buzzer-beater to cap off a crazy game.

With only 1.7 seconds remaining in the contest, Houston had to draw up something miraculous to have an opportunity to score. Houston would inbound the ball to Tramon Mark, who would take the bounce pass and immediately dribble the ball closer to the 3-point line.

Mark then heaved a shot toward the basket, hitting the backboard in the perfect spot for the ball to go in. Before Mark converted the improbable shot to end the game, it appeared that both teams were headed for an overtime showdown on Sunday.

On the previous possession, Memphis’ Lester Quinones hoisted a 30-foot three-pointer with under 10 seconds remaining. Quinones would miss the shot, but the ball bounced around for Malcolm Dandridge to secure the offensive rebound, who would kick the ball out to Boogie Ellis. Ellis would make the three-point shot, tying the game with fewer than two seconds left.

With the heartbreaking loss on Sunday, Memphis’ chances of making the NCAA tournament got dimmer after falling to 15-7 on the season. On the other hand, Houston strengthens their chance of being a higher seed in the tournament due to their impressive 21-3 record.

Houston and Memphis could meet again this March, as both teams are set to enter the AAC Tournament. The Cougars are seeded second in the conference tourney, while the Tigers are third.