Division III team parlays intentional miss into winning shot at OT buzzer

Everyone practices the play and almost no one gets it to work.

And even when a basketball team does score off the intentional miss of a free-throw attempt, the basket is often just the result of a lucky tip-in that perhaps should have been waved off due to a push down in the blocks or an over-the-back foul.

But that wasn’t the case in a men’s Division III game Saturday as the host University of Rochester executed the play perfectly, buried a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and walked away with an overtime victory.

The University of Chicago made a 3-pointer at the end of regulation to tie and was leading 76-73 when the Maroons fouled Rochester’s Sam Borst-Smith with 2.7 seconds left to prevent the Yellowjackets from launching a potential game-tying 3-pointer.

Borst-Smith made the first free throw to close the deficit to 76-74. He then intentionally missed the second free throw, line-driving the ball hard off the front of the rim. The rebound came back to him before he could even move off the free-throw line, and Borst-Smith distributed the ball to Mack Montague, who had broken from well behind the foul line extended to the left corner.