Princeton guard Scott Greenman ripped victory from Cornell’s hands not once but twice last Friday night, hitting game-tying 3-pointers in the last seconds of regulation and the first overtime, as the Tigers downed the Red, 76-68.
With his team down three with 13 seconds left in regulation, Greenman slipped away from the Red’s defense after a missed free throw from senior tri-captain Ryan Rourke. Getting an open look from the right wing, the Tigers’ guard knocked down the 3-pointer to knot the score at 57 and send the game to its first overtime.
Five minutes later, with only a fraction of a second left in the first overtime, Greenman found himself trapped between two Cornell defenders at the top of 3-point line.
Out of options and nearly out of time, the 5-9 guard out of New Jersey’s St. Augustine Prep lobbed up a prayer that they don’t teach in catechism class. The miraculous shot somehow found its way through the netting, sending the game to its second overtime. The Tigers (8-14, 6-3 Ivy) grabbed their first and only lead of the game in the final frame, pulling away from the Red (10-14, 5-5) for good.
“[Greenman’s first 3-pointer] was a designed play that worked perfectly to get him that shot,” said Princeton head coach Joe Scott. “The second one was just Hail Mary stuff.”