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Here’s the pic — and no this is not doctored except for the obvious blurry hands — and here are the details.
St. Joe’s forward Halil Kanacevic may have a tough name to say, but his actions were easily interpreted by the Villanova crowd after Kanacevic nailed a three to put his team up, 50-47, midway through the second half.
After that show of maturity (or lack thereof), Kanacevic proceeded to implode in what eventually turned out to be a 65-61 ‘Nova win.
We’ll let Dick Jerardi of the Daily News take it from here:
The Wildcats had scored on more than two consecutive possessions just once all game, right at the end of the first half when they scored on three. If the Hawks had just played sound defense, it was going to be a hard game to lose.
Kanacevic fouled Bell 25 feet from the basket. Bell calmly made a pair. Kanacevic threw a backdoor pass to Galloway into a very tight window. Bell stole it. After a Daniel Ochefu follow basket, Kanacevic was fouled with 45.8 seconds left. Shooting into that student section, now completely crazed, he missed a pair.
Bell hit a three from the left corner. After an ugly SJU possession, the Hawks ended up with the ball on the sideline in the deep right corner with 3 seconds left, trailing by two points, without a timeout. Nobody was open. Kanacevic, fearful of a 5-second call, threw it off Mo Sutton. The ball caromed over the sideline, hitting Kanacevic. Turnover. Bell two free throws. Game over.
What was karma again?
Oh yeah, a b-word.
Kanacevic will probably never make bigger headlines than with his actions at Villanova. After what he did, karma got him good, and got him quick.