The Charlotte 49ers may have had a bad year, but senior forward Charlie Coley nearly ended his as a champion.
Demonstrating the acrobatics that thrilled 49ers fans for two seasons, Coley scored a perfect 50 in the final round of ESPN’s 21st annual college Slam Dunk Contest Thursday night with a slam after taking a pass from Rhode Island’s Jimmy Baron, who was stationed in the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Mich.).
The problem? New Mexico’s Tony Dandridge scored a 50 of his own dunking two basketballs at once, sending the two players into a “dunk off.”
Coley dunked over former Michigan star and dunk contest judge Jalen Rose to earn a controversial 48 in the dunk off. Dandridge used a one-handed windmill slam to edge Coley for the championship with a 49.
Of Coley’s five dunks, two received a 50. Dandridge had three 50s in five dunks.
Furman’s Melissa Liebschwager won the women’s 3-point championship and Jack McClinton of Miami (Fla.) won the men’s 3-point title.