For a moment, it appeared as if Colby College was going to win their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship. But the thought of celebrating a title on their opponents’ home court quickly vanished late yesterday afternoon when Tufts University‘s Eric Savage drilled a game-tying three-pointer during the final seconds of the second half, which sent the game to overtime (and eventually a second overtime period, too).
Savage, who finished with a game-high 27 points, nearly lost the ball on what would have been his team’s final offensive possession when rolling off a nearby screen. But somehow, the senior guard maintained his dribble before firing a long-range three-pointer that was way beyond the arc. And once the ball dropped into the hoop, Cousens Gymnasium went into a frenzy.
“Insane shot. Insane moment in my life,” Savage said, via The Tufts Daily.
The game-tying basket, which was shared by many on social media, including the Tufts University Athletics’ Twitter handle, shifted the momentum in the direction of the Jumbos, who would need not one, but two overtime periods to beat the Mules in order to claim their first-ever NESCAC Tournament Championship.
Tufts entered the 2020 NESCAC Tournament as the top seed after finishing their 2019-20 campaign with an 8-2 conference mark. The Jumbos knocked-off Hamilton College last month in the quarterfinals before outlasting Trinity College this past Saturday in the semifinals.
The win over the Mules – the team’s second of the season – secured the Jumbos a spot in this week’s NCAA D-III Tournament. Tufts will find out who they will face in the opening round later today.