Sunday, November 21, 2010

A hoops highlight from the Dons

I came home from work last night and watched one of the most exciting COLLEGE BASKETBALL games I have seen in years.
In a scene reminiscent of the 1993 NCAA Men's College Basketball Final between North Carolina and Michigan, COLORADO player Cory Higgins attempted to call timeout after Rashad Green of SAN FRANCISCO scored to tie the game, 81-81, with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime.

The visiting Buffaloes did not have a timeout to call, however, and officials assessed a technical foul on the play.

The Dons' Michael Williams sank both free throws, and San Francisco had defeated Colorado, 83-81.
The teams had traded leads throughout the game, and USF led by six with 1:43 remaining in overtime before Colorado stormed back to take a brief lead.

I've liked University of San Francisco basketball since childhood -- my cousin Steve was a high-school classmate of future Dons and Bulls star Bill Cartwright at Elk Grove, Calif.

The Dons' legacy also includes a pair of national titles in the 1950s, when the school boasted hoops legends Bill Russell and K.C. Jones.

The current crop of Dons is among the youngest in contemporary college basketball. San Francisco has nine true freshmen on the roster. But the Dons have a good coach in former Kansas star Rex Walters, and their youthful exuberance makes them a joy to watch on the basketball court.

I plan on watching more Dons' games this season. After last night, I know you never know what you might see.


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