Rashaad Richardson sank a half-court heave at the buzzer to give Georgia State a 59-57 victory over Tennessee State Tuesday night on day two of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Atlanta Subregional, played at the GSU Sports Arena.
Tennessee State’s DeShawn Dockery appeared to win the game for the Tigers (1-4), coached by former GSU player Travis Williams, with a driving layup with two seconds left that put TSU ahead, 57-56. After a timeout, Manny Atkins inbounded the ball to Richardson, who caught the ball right at half court, turned and heaved the 45-foot shot into the basket.
The lead actually changed hands four times in the final 25 seconds and three times in last seven seconds. With the Panthers holding a 54-52 lead, TSU’s Jordan Cyphers drained a three-pointer with 25 seconds left to put Tennessee State up, 55-54. Georgia State (2-2) then regained the lead on a pair of free throws by Cameron Solomon with seven seconds left to set up the final drama.
“Wow is about all I can say,” was how head coach Ron Hunter opened his postgame press conference. “I am really proud of the way our guys fought tonight and never gave up. We played strong on defense and that kept us in the game.
“It felt like forever for Rashaad’s shot to go in. I remember watching it go up and thinking it had a chance, but I don’t really remember anything after that as the crowd went crazy. I am extremely proud of him. In my 25 years of coaching, I don’t know if I have ever coached a better person that Rashaad. I am very happy for him tonight.”
Devonta White scored a game-high 19 points for Georgia State, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor, including three three-pointers.