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“”When I shot it, it felt kind of funny. So I’m like, either it’s going to be off the backboard or it’s going to be an airball; one or the other,” Edwards said. “Thank god it went in.”

“He’s going to try to convince me he wanted to put it off the glass,” Hewit said. “I told him, ‘I grew up in New York just like you. I know’”

Old Dominion again cut the lead to three with 45 seconds remaining. This time it was a missed 3-pointer from Old Dominion guard Trian Iliadis that all but sealed the deal.

Iliadis, who led Old Dominion with 13 points, nailed a three with two seconds remaining to settle the final score.

But not before five more free throws from Pearson sealed the game, prompting a “Fear the Beard” chant.

“We knew that they wanted this game to be 55 to 50, but we tried to push it,” Pearson said. “It didn’t work out like that, but fortunately we got the win.”