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Belmont Is Getting Crushed For Its Last Possession Against Maryland

Belmont star Dylan Windler takes a layup.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Dylan Windler #3 of the Belmont Bruins takes a shot against Bruno Fernando #23 of the Maryland Terrapins in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at VyStar Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

We've already had a couple of games come down to the wire so far this afternoon. Belmont-Maryland was one of them.

The sixth-seeded Terrapins escaped with a 79-77 victory over the 11th-seeded Bruins. Belmont had the ball down one with 30 seconds left and elected to hold for the last shot.

The Bruins ran one of their patented backdoor sets, and star Dylan Windler was open on the cut. However, the pass was deflected and intercepted.

Maryland would make one of two free throws and survive.

In the aftermath of the play, many questioned Belmont's decision to run down the clock and play for one shot. They left themselves no margin for error as a result.

Additionally, after Maryland stole the pass and was fouled, some were perplexed by Bruins head coach Rick Byrd called timeout in between free throws instead of calling one after the second free shot.

The Bruins were a trendy upset pick today, with some projecting them to advance to the Sweet 16. Instead, despite 35 points from Windler, including seven three-pointers, they are going home.

Maryland, meanwhile, will play third-seeded LSU in the second round on Saturday. The Tigers beat 14th-seeded Yale 79-74 earlier today.