Last night fellow Cager, Kyle Williams and I had optimistic conversation as we sobbed through Belmont giving away the last 2:29 seconds of last night’s NIT Quarterfinal to Clemson. It was painful to watch Drew Windler, who looked so promising at the beginning of this season, double-dribble his last possession in division-1 basketball.
Well here we are again, folks. After graduating FIVE seniors, Belmont has earned the regular season OVC title and is playing against a very good EKU team in the OVC championship game tonight at 6:oopm on ESPN2.
To get here, Belmont had to beat a hot Morehead State team that had just defensively steamrolled Tennessee Tech the night before. We were worried that Belmont’s turnover-prone offense would have a hard time keeping things together against a team playing with a chip on it shoulder. Instead, Belmont’s insane shooting performance (FGM-A: 27-51, 52.9% & 3PM-A 11-24, 45.8%) naturally opened up the court to a defense that was on its toes all night.
From the seats, this game had everything. A convincing lead from the start by the home team, a swift return from the away team to even it up at half- and then a furious fight for victory at the end of the game all made for yet another riveting young chapter in the Belmont versus Murray State rivalry book.
From the seats, I don’t think I’ve heard the Curb Event Center that loud since the Lipscomb rivalry was, well, actually a rivalry. Our student section was great, the band on point, and even that old person side that I sit on now stood up cheering for a large portion of the second half.