I think I was more nervous for Brady last night than I was at the end of the Northwestern thriller last week. He needed 24 points heading into last night to reach the 2,000-point mark. He had eight first-half points, and then scored 12 in the first eight minutes of the second half, leaving him four points short with 12 minutes to play.
Well, he hit a layup with five minutes left to get within two. Then missed two sets of free throws. And couldn't for the life of him get a foul call. Or didn't get the ball. Then finally, FINALLY, with 37 seconds left, someone (I think Chase?) got him the ball and he snuck in for a (very contested) layup. You could see the relief on his face. He got a standing ovation from the crowd, and a very supportive student section, which was awesome to see. I wasn't sure how many people knew, but everyone did.
It was really cool to see something like that. Not often you see a guy score 2,000 career points -- he's only the fourth player in Tiger men's history and fifth in DWU basketball history to do so. And he's a very deserving guy. Very nice, down to earth. He also has more than 1,000 rebounds, which is equally as impressive. An amazing career, and hopefully one that's far from over!
A win last night, coupled with a Briar Cliff loss, *pretty much locks DWU in to the at-large mix. Unless, of course, Dordt decides to go all Cinderella story on us and win the tournament, which would really throw a wrench in things. But, before we worry about that -- we worry about Sioux Falls. Again.
DWU is at the University of Sioux Falls tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. As everyone probably knows, the Coo swept the Tigers in the regular season, including a double overtime win in Sioux Falls a few weeks ago. I think DWU is going to be very, very hungry for a win against their biggest rival. This game will be interesting, because Eric Tisby and Matt Malloy -- who were suspended after a drunken night got them into some trouble -- have been reinstated to the team, and can attend practices and games with the team but not play, so they will likely be at the game. It will be an interesting atmosphere, that's for sure.
Here's what needs to happen. We need to get defensive stops. Stay on their bigs, watch the lane and don't let them go back door on us all the time. Oh, and watch the threes. Then, we need to get Brady the ball, and Larry, Chase, Germ and everyone else need to have big games. If we played like we did during the second half of the Briar Cliff game, we'd be golden.
Stewart Center. Sioux Falls. 3 p.m. Tomorrow. Be there. Who ya rootin' for?