U of Northwestern men’s hoops headed to national tourney after buzzer-beater
Universtity of Northwestern, St Paul freshman Henry Fahbulleh fulfilled every basketballer’s dream hitting a buzzer-beating shot that sent his team to the national tournament.
Over the weekend, Fahnbulleh and his Eagles trailed Trinity Christian College of Illinois 68-64 in the final seconds of their National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Regional Championship.
Fahnbulleh rebounded an initial miss, made a beeline for the three-point arc, pump faked under a soaring defender, and cooly stuck the game-winning three-pointer at the horn.
Click the video box on this page to watch KSTP’s Chris Long chat with Henry Fahnbulleh from the road to nationals about his game-winning buzzer-beater – and see replays of Henry’s amazing shot
ESPN’s SportsCenter Top Ten featured Fahnbulleh’s shot as the #1 play of the day.
The 69-68 win sends the Eagles to the National NCCAA Tournament in Winona Lake, Indiana. They begin play Wednesday night against Lancaster Bible College. Should they advance, the semifinals and finals will be Thursday and Saturday respectively.
The Eagles also head to Indiana with a chance to get head coach Tim Grosz to a major career milestone. Fahnbulleh’s three gave Grosz his 399th career win. A win in the national quarterfinal would be win #400.
Grosz’ Eagles are hoping for a second NCCAA title to go with the championship they earned in 2010. Northwestern also advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA D-III playoffs in 2015.