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Manning's Buzzer Beater Wins Play of the Year

April 4, 2013

EASTON, Pa. – Senior co-captain Alicia Manning’s foul-line no-look shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime against Bucknell on Feb. 16 was awarded the Patriot League Play of the Year, the League announced Thursday.

With eight seconds remaining in the game and the Leopards trailing, 54-51, sophomore Maddie Peabody was fouled on a three-point attempt. Making the first and the last, she cut the lead to one, 54-53. The Leopards immediately fouled and Bucknell’s Alyssa Dunn went one-of-two from the line with seven seconds to play.

Fiacco snagged the rebound off the second missed free-throw and immediately got it to Peabody, racing down the left sideline. Peabody handed it off to a curling Manning, who threw it up from the foul line as time expired.

“The moment on the court when the ball hits the back rim and bounces up in the air was the longest second of my life,” Manning said. “It dropped and it was awesome. We were down 16 at half and I think it really gave us momentum going in to overtime and we ended up capitalizing.”

Momentum was definitely in Lafayette’s favor in the overtime period as it outscored Bucknell, 11-6, in the final session to cap off the improbable comeback.

“Leading up to that day, both our lacrosse teams and our men’s basketball team had been successful and we knew we wanted a clean sweep for our school,” head coach Dianne Nolan added. “Our players never stopped believing and never stopped fighting. It was a game in which a lot of people needed to step up and it just goes to show that when you believe, anything can happen.”

The Leopards defeated Bucknell on this night, 66-61 and went on to finish the regular season with an 11-19 overall record, going 4-10 in Patriot League play. Lafayette fell to Navy in another overtime thriller in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament, 59-55.