With a last second heave from beyond the three-point line, the Davidson Wildcats defeated the Elon Phoenix in double overtime 99-96 on senior night. The loss was the last regular season game for the Phoenix, who have experienced close, but losing, contests like Saturday night’s game all season long.
With 14 seconds left in double overtime, Chris Long extended the Phoenix lead to three on a free throw. But after a missed Davidson jumper, Nik Cochran grabbed an offensive rebound and passed it to Brendan McKillop who sank a triple with only three seconds left to tie the game.
Then, Adam Constantine’s inbound pass was stolen by Steve Rossiter, who stepped back beyond the three-point line, floated a prayer towards the basket and celebrated with his teammates when his miracle shot won the game for the Wildcats.
“If you ask anyone in the heavy weight bout tonight to shoot that shot 10 times, no one on the court can make that shot at a high percentage” Elon head coach Matt Matheny said. “But what’s important is that he made that one.”
The heartbreaking game had potential to be one of the most memorable wins of the season for the Phoenix. Not only was Saturday night’s loss the last game seniors Adam Constantine, TJ Douglas, John Ogolo and Devan Carter will play in the Nest, but it was also a matchup against coach Matheny’s previous team under which he coached. But a last second three pointer stole what could have been.
According to the Elon Athletics Department, the Phoenix haven’t beaten Davidson since December 2000, in a 74-69 win at Alumni Gym. The Wildcats are 13-0 against the Phoenix over the past six seasons.
The Phoenix will have an opportunity to redeem themselves though, since the first team they take on in the Southern Conference tournament will be the Davidosn Wildcats. While the sting of the loss is painful for the Phoenix, they won’t let the pain carry into the next game.
“We have a midnight rule. We’re going to let it hurt, it’s going to hurt, we’re going to let it hurt, we’re going to think about it,” Matheny said. “But when midnight comes we’re going to erase it.”