With a clear layup ahead of him, Aquinas guard Michael Scott bounced the ball off the backboard to a trailing Ahmed Hill who shook Christenberry Fieldhouse with a thunderous dunk Saturday.
The duo combined for a more traditional alley-oop on the following possession, with Hill once again finishing with the slam.
While the Fighting Irish got significant contributions from its starters across the board, it was Scott and Hill that stole the show, combining for 51 points, leading Aquinas to a 75-57 win over Harrison at the William Avery Invitational.
“I knew if he did that it’d get the team going,” said Scott of the alley-oops.
Scott finished with 14 points and five assists.
The Irish (12-5) were bigger inside and quicker in the backcourt, but the Hoyas (6-13) stayed with them, hitting six 3-pointers in the first half and trailed just 38-34 at halftime.
Hill and Scott helped the Irish startthe third quarter on a 9-0 run and broke the game open.
Ruben Garnett chipped in 11 points for Aquinas.
Despite scoring a game-high 37 points, Hill thought he could have played better.
“The best part of my game is my pull-up jumper, but obviously it wasn’t falling today,” said Hill. “I wasn’t shooting very well but I found a way to get to the hole.”
Harrison’s Jack Forrest, who made four 3-pointers in the first half, was a nonfactor in the second half.
“What we were doing was helping out a little too much and we didn’t realize how good a shooter he was,” Aquinas coach Bernie Norris said of Forrest. “What we did was focus in the second half of staying in his face and making him put the ball on the floor.”