Justin Cage on Ohio State, Musketeers Hall of Fame

The end is unavoidable and often unforgettable for an athlete.

For Justin Cage, the end is always there. It's followed the former Xavier University basketball star all over the world as he carved out a successful professional basketball career overseas.

The end – a 2007 second-round NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State – carries a wide range of emotions with it. In his last college basketball game, Cage played his best game: a career-high 25 points on a perfect night from the field (8 for 8) with six rebounds.

"Justin Cage played out of his mind," said Danny Peters, who was a freshman walk-on for the Buckeyes in 2007 and now finds himself on Xavier's bench as one of Travis Steele's assistant coaches. "It did not feel like it was back and forth. It felt like Xavier was on top the whole time."

Ohio State guard Ron Lewis (12) drives on Xavier's Justin Cage during the first half of a second round basketball game of the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 17, 2007.

With just under 10 seconds left and ninth-seeded Xavier ahead 61-59, Cage pulled down a rebound off an Ohio State miss and Buckeyes big man Greg Oden ran right into Cage and sent him sailing out of bounds under the basket. It was Oden's fifth and final foul, and to this day, many believe it should have been a flagrant foul which would have resulted in free throws and possession of the ball for the Musketeers.

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