With Delaware protecting a one-point lead with only one second remaining Sunday, coach Monte Ross told his team its primary focus defending James Madison's inbound pass was not to allow any lob passes at the rim.
Needless to say, the Blue Hens failed to accomplish that goal.
James Madison defeated Delaware 72-71 on a last-second lob dunk made possible by a defensive miscommunication.
When Andre Nation set a screen in the paint to free a teammate, Delaware guards Devon Saddler and Kyle Anderson both went with the shooter in hopes of denying the inbound pass. That enabled Nation to roll to the rim, catch a short lob inbound pass and slam it home with six tenths of a second left to give James Madison the victory. (Watch in the above video at the 1:54 mark)
"It happened so fast," Saddler told the Delaware State News. "By the time we reacted, the ball was up. We didn’t know they were going to throw it that fast. We knew there was a lob coming. They’ve got big guards."
The loss was damaging to Delaware's CAA title hopes. The Blue Hens (14-13, 9-5) could have pulled to within one and a half games of first-place Northeastern, but instead they failed to capitalize on that opportunity and fell to third place, a half game behind new second-place team, James Madison.