March 29 2016
Elmira College Athletics fans got news they were hoping for on Saturday afternoon when the much-anticipated announcement of the winner of the 2016 GEICO Play of the Year was made on the CBS Best of College Basketball Special. After six weeks of heavy campaigning, Justin Henderson's three-quarter court buzzer-beater in a 62-59 comeback victory over Endicott was named the top play of the year, beating out four other finalists across all levels of collegiate basketball.
Henderson's play was among the first four considered in the opening week of voting. He advanced out of the group into the final round of voting, which took place at the beginning of March. Henderson's play went up against four other weekly winners, which included: a dunk by Jametrius Wade of Concord University, a three-quarter court shot just before the halftime horn by Ty Sabin of Ripon College, a buzzer-beating tip-shot by Andrew Beckman of Grove City College, and a game-winning three by Ben Widdes of Carroll University.
Elmira fans flocked to the polls during the final round of voting, pushing Henderson to the top. His play was shown in front of a nationally televised audience on Saturday's special. Check it out on the Facebook page HERE: CLICK HERE.
Henderson was named Elmira's representative for Empire 8 Sportsman of the Year after a strong senior campaign. A consummate teammate both on and off the court, Henderson was one of the Empire 8 Conference's best sharp shooters, amassing 63 three-pointers, which were sixth-most in the league during the regular season. The senior finishes his career 11th all-time in program history for career three-pointers with 126.
The Staten Island, NY, native had 10 games in which he scored double-digit points, which included a season-high 25-point effort against Stevens in the conference opener. Henderson knocked down at least one triple in 21 of his 25 appearances on the year, while he sent in three-or-more in 13 of those contests. His season high for shots from distance came in the prodigious effort against the Ducks in which he went 7-for-16 from behind the arc. The EC senior will now always be remembered for one of the greatest plays in Elmira program history.