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ICYMI: Former Penn State Guard Jermaine Marshall Scores On Wrong Basket, Blows Game

Sometimes in sports, bad things happen to good people in the most unfortunate situations. What happened to former Nittany Lion guard Jermaine Marshall over the weekend doesn’t fall under this category.

A prolific scorer during his college career, Marshall averaged 15.3 ppg in his final season in Happy Valley before transferring to Arizona State in 2013 as a graduate transfer. Though he never cracked an NBA roster, Marshall was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA D-League draft in 2015 before signing overseas with Nea Kifisia in Greece.

Marshall played a small role in guiding his team into the playoffs, but his last-second blooper in the quarterfinals against Aris takes the cake as one of the most boneheaded blunders in the history of sports. Think DeSean Jackson dropping the ball before crossing the goal line multiplied by 1,000.

I mean, holy shit Jermaine. Why would there be any scenario that ends with you shooting the ball toward your own basket as time expired! It’s not as if this basket is unfamiliar; it’s the same basket his team had been defending for a majority of the game. That inexplicable shot tied the game at 95-95 and gave Aris a new lease on life. It took two overtime periods, but Marshall’s blunder allowed the opposition to win 108-103 — ousting Kifisia from the playoffs.

Maybe he just wanted to get one more jumper in before the next round, or maybe he thought the buzzer already sounded. Hopefully Daniel Tosh will allow Marshall to redeem himself stateside on Tosh.0 now that he’s got some extra time on his hands.

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David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]


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