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The little team that almost made it

Nine years ago, Sacred Heart moved up to Division I. Wednesday, it nearly made it into the Big Dance. Story

Updated: March 14, 2008, 1:42 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Page 2

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- They might have been the cruelest 30 seconds I've ever witnessed in sports.

The Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, the No. 4 seed in the Northeast Conference, had just fought off one final furious rally by the No. 3 seed Sacred Heart Pioneers. The Pioneers, playing at home, now trailed 68-55 with less than 40 seconds remaining. Sacred Heart guard Corey Hassan missed a 3-pointer, Mount St. Mary's Markus Mitchell pulled down the rebound and all the Mountaineers had to do was ...

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