PROVO, Utah -- For as much as a team might practice crunch time situations, there really is no set-in-stone diagram for what to do when your team trails by two with 2.5 seconds left and the ball is being inbounded under your own basket.
On Wednesday, Dellavedova added another chapter to a storied Saint Mary's career when his shot from just inside half court found the bottom of the net to give the Gaels a heart-stopping 70-69 win over host BYU.
And, one day later, the impact of that shot still resonated nationally. The clip received top billing in ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays segment. One local newspaper used the headline "Dellave-dagger" to describe the night.
So, what did the man himself have to say about the play?
"I looked straight up at the clock, which was down at the other end, to see how long was left," Dellavedova said. "I yelled at Beau (Levesque) as I tried to get as deep an outlet as possible. He gave me a great pass where I didn't have to break stride and I tried to get as close as I could. Coach (Randy) Bennett always tells us if you've got two and a half seconds, you can have two dribbles. I think I only took one. I got as close as I could and it went in."
With time scarce, Levesque got the play started. Inbounding after a Tyler Haws shot in the lane gave the Cougars the lead, the Lafayette, Calif. native knew exactly what to do.
"Find Delly," Levesque said. "I knew that as a (power forward), it's my job to get the ball inbounds. I took it out as soon as I could. I looked upcourt, let him get a good run out first and threw it to him. I guess the rest is history."
As the officials went to the video replay to make sure, there wasn't much doubt in the minds of the Gaels. Dellavedova's shot left his hand with plenty of time to spare, and once the shot was confirmed as good, the celebration began.
"What's funny is Delly was telling our team about two days ago that luck is when hard work meets opportunity," Levesque said. "I guess his hard work paid off because he got the opportunity."
In the middle of the celebration, Dellavedova managed to find his parents, Mark and Leanne, who made the trip to Provo to see the game. And, with such widespread coverage of the shot, finding the Gaels on television in Australia was easier than ever.
"A fair few people saw it back home, which is pretty cool," Dellavedova said. "It was pretty cool having mom and dad there to see that. It was pretty lucky, but obviously a pretty awesome moment."