College basketball bettors were dealt another unbelievable bad beat – or amazing win depending on which side they bet – for the second time this week.
On the heels of the improbable cover in the Iona-Manhattan MAAC title game Monday, under bettors had a winning ticket ripped out of their hands for the Atlantic 10 tournament first-round matchup between Richmond and Charlotte Thursday thanks to eight made free throws and three technical fouls in the final five seconds.
"What an ending, even crazier than the Iona ending the other night," said one Covers Community member.
"That was one of the worse moose jobs of all time," added another.
Richmond held a 63-60 lead, which was well under the 130.5-point total posted by oddsmakers, and sent Charlotte guard Pierria Henry to the foul line for a one-and-one with five seconds remaining in the game.
Henry knocked down his first foul shot but as the players battled for position under the basket, Richmond’s Derrick Williams was whistled for a technical after tossing his man to the ground.
Henry knocked down the back end of his one-and-one and the two technical free throws, giving Charlotte a 64-63 lead – still under the posted total. The 49ers were awarded the ball back because it was a deadball technical and Henry was promptly fouled on the inbounds pass.
Richmond head coach Chris Mooney, furious with the referees technical call, ripped of his jacket and lashed out at the officials, drawing a double technical foul and a game ejection, tacking on four more foul shots for a total of six in the final three seconds.
Henry hit the first four free throws before missing the last two but the damage had already been done for under bettors. Those eight made free throws in the final five seconds had pushed the score to 68-63 (131) and finished just a half point over the betting total.