Found March 18, 2012 on Louisville Card Game:

Russ and Elisha 300x257 Louisville New Mexico highRuss Smith congratulates Elisha Justice on his time-consuming free throw attempt that circled and hung on the rim forever before falling short in the final 2.8 seconds of Louisville’s 59-56 win over New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. More must-see photos at Oregon Live.


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