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Becker three-pointer at buzzer quells Marshall comeback

By JOEL RIPPEL, Star Tribune, 03/13/19, 6:05PM CDT


Both teams built and then lost big leads until Courtney Nuest's basket as time expired gave the Bulldogs a 68-67 victory.

Becker guard Courtney Nuest (15) hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the game against Marshall. Becker won 68-67. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky ¥ aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

With four sophomores and a freshman in their starting lineup, the Becker Bulldogs are probably one of the youngest teams in the state tournament.

On Wednesday, though, the youthful Bulldogs displayed poise and maturity in a 68-67 victory over Marshall in the Class 3A quarterfinals at Maturi Pavilion. After trailing by 16 points early in the first half and then losing a 14-point lead in the second half, the Bulldogs pulled out the victory on a three-point basket by sophomore Courtney Nuest at the buzzer.

“I was praying it would go in,” said Nuest. “It’s an awesome feeling.”

Becker coach Dan Baird said the game-winner capped a remarkable final five minutes for the Bulldogs.

A three-point field goal by sophomore Courtney Nuest at the buzzer lifted Becker to a 68-67 come-from-behind victory over Marshall in the Class 3A quarterfinals Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion.

Becker, which trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, rallied for a 14-point lead in the second half. But Marshall regained the lead, 67-65, with 14 seconds left.

Nuest led the Bulldogs with 18 points.

Jordyn Hilgemann scored 26, including 19 in the second half, to lead Marshall.

Check back later for more on the game.

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