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Winning shot travels length of court

For this former quarterback, it took a Hail Mary thrown like a
baseball to win the basketball game.

With 0.6 seconds left in overtime, Jordan Snipes of Guilford
College rebounded the other team's missed free throw, wheeled
around and heaved the ball the full length of the court.

Swish.

For Snipes, the improbable, 90-foot shot for the 91-89 victory
over Randolph-Macon on Monday is a memory the former high school
quarterback doesn't expect to top.

"I think that'll be my highlight," the sophomore said Tuesday
afternoon after the game. "I thought if I went to sleep that it
was just going to turn into a dream and when I woke up it'd be
over."

Snipes was hoping to grab the rebound and lean quickly against a
Yellow Jackets player hoping to draw a "cheap foul," he said. But
then he heard the Randolph-Macon coaches tell their players to back
away from the line.

"When they did that, I couldn't get near anybody in six-tenths
of a second, so I just took the ball and threw it," he said. "I
didn't know what else to do."

The shot capped a career-best 34-point night for Snipes, who
made 6 of 7 3-point tries.

Tom Palombo, coach of Greensboro, N.C.-based Guilford, said he
was already walking toward Randolph-Macon coach Mike Rhoades to
shake hands when the flight of the ball caught their attention.

"I remember thinking it looked like it had a chance and when it
went through, it was just crazy," he said. "When the referee came
and said it was good, I kind of jumped up and down when I was right
next to [Rhoades]," he said. "I told him I was sorry.

"It was hard to control your emotions on a play like that."

Rhoades told Adam Krovic to miss the second free throw on
purpose, following the conventional wisdom that six-tenths of a
second is not enough time to make a play.

He realized there might be trouble after Snipes released the
shot.

"When it got to halfcourt, I said, 'That's going to hit
something,'" Rhoades said. "The guy just made an incredible play.
That's life."