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Name a better duo than Loyola’s hammer set and game-winner

Part of winning games in the NCAA Tournament is luck.

Another part: Just playing darn good basketball.

The No. 11 seed Loyola Ramblers used a bit of both Thursday to knock off a No. 6 seed Miami Hurricane squad that wasn’t 100 percent healthy with sophomore swingman and NBA prospect Bruce Brown sitting with a foot injury.

Spoilers: Is it OK to say Loyola’s game-winner at (nearly) the buzzer wasn’t the best play down the stretch?

It was a close game throughout, and Miami led 60-57 with 1:11 left when, out of a timeout, the Ramblers broke out a beautiful hammer set.

Guard Clayton Custer found himself wide open in the corner for a tying three-pointer thanks to misdirection and an off-ball screen that caught the Hurricane players sleeping.

Basketball junkies like Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green couldn’t get enough of that play.

Despite Loyola’s solid defense on the other side, Miami’s Ja’Quan Newton drilled a tough jumper to put his team ahead 62-60, and after Loyola made one free throw, a Hurricanes turnover and a Ramblers missed shot led to Miami’s Lonnie Walker going to the foul stripe. He missed on the front end of a one-and-one.

So what did the Ramblers do with possession?

They pushed the ball, and Miami gave Donte Ingram a little too much space atop the three-point arc. He swished a straightaway trey to put Loyola ahead with 0.3 seconds remaining.

It wasn’t enough time for Miami to recover.

And thus, we have our first official game-winner of the tournament.

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