at the buzzer

at the buzzer

At the last minute. In sports, a buzzer typically sounds to signal the end of a period, quarter, game, etc. It's so disappointing that the other team beat us by scoring a goal right at the buzzer. Whew, I said the right answer right at the buzzer.
See also: buzzer

at the ˈbuzzer

(American English) at the end of a game or period of play: He missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.The Eagles won at the buzzer 66-64.
A buzzer is an electrical device that makes a sound as a signal, for example to show that no time is left in a game.
See also: buzzer
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It was just enough to avoid a second dose of Shaq O'Neal fate, so coined by the MVP center after last season's Christmas game, when Bryant missed a shot at the buzzer in overtime against O'Neal and the Miami Heat.
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Knight's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer saved UCLA from an epic collapse and lifted the Bruins to a 67-65 victory over USC and himself into UCLA lore.
The Bruins watched USC go on an 8-0 run that ended when Barnes tossed in a double-clutch jumper at the buzzer to narrow the deficit to six.
Jenkins was about to take a shot but he changed his mind in the air and kicked it back out to Rodney Hillaire, who missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
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Then, the third moment relives the 60-footer Jerry West hit at the buzzer to tie the New York Knicks in Game 3 of the 1970 Finals.
And Crowe's and CSUN's night ended when he was stripped by Portland State's Reggie Ball 30 feet from the basket as he went up for a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
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