Former Phoenix High standout Alex Young went from hero to subplot in a matter of seconds Friday night when his UC Irvine Anteaters opened the college basketball season against Fresno State. You may have seen the highlights already on ESPN, which led with it on the early-early-early morning show. Fresno State’s Allen Huddleston made a lunging basket from just inside half court as the buzzer sounded for a 98-97 win at UCI. Here’s the video.
His basket overshadowed the sophomore Young’s effort — seconds before and, really, throughout the game. The 6-foot-1 point guard tied his career high with 20 points, and the final three appeared to bring the Anteaters victory. Trailing 95-94 with 25 seconds left, Young dribbled the ball upcourt to the top of the key, went left to right, passed off, received the ball again, shook off his defender with the help of a screen, then knocked down a step-back 3-pointer for a 97-95 lead. It was a thing of beauty and sent the crowd into a frenzy … until Huddleston hustled frantically upcourt and made his improbable basket.
Young made 8 of 17 field goals, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds, four assists and a steal. He was named co-Big West Conference freshman of the year last season.