How a broken play ended with the buzzer beater that sent Radford to the NCAA tournament

The shot that sent Radford to the NCAA tournament was the product of a broken play.

The Highlanders completely botched what coach Mike Jones designed in the huddle to try to create a driving lane for point guard Carlik Jones to attack the basket.

Two of Jones’ teammates were supposed to set consecutive screens for Jones at the top of the key, but guard Donald Hicks arrived late after he appeared to forget his role. Neither Hicks nor Ed Polite Jr. properly screened Jones’ defender, forcing the 6-foot freshman to improvise on the fly.

With the score tied, his team’s set play deteriorating and time running out, Jones did the only thing he could under the circumstances — pull up from NBA range and shoot the ball with confidence. His thunderbolt of a 3-pointer as time expired gave Radford a 55-52 victory over Liberty in Sunday’s Big South title game and sent the Highlanders to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009.

“It has always come naturally to me being fearless,” Jones told Yahoo Sports. “I feel like I live for moments like this. The play broke down. There were two seconds left and I had to

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