I probably shouldn’t be blogging right now due to the sheer amount of crap I need to accomplish tonight, but whatever.
WE’RE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
Like I mentioned last week, I went to Atlanta over the weekend to support Drury’s men’s basketball team in its quest for the NCAA Division II championship title over Metro State from Denver, Co.
This entailed loading one of six charter buses of students on Saturday night, driving through the night, arriving in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon, watching the game at 4:00pm, getting back on the bus to drive two hours to Tennessee where we spent Sunday night, and waking up at 6:00am to drive 10 hours back to Springfield all day on Monday. (Class was canceled, remember?)
I had an amazing time and am so extremely thankful that I got the opportunity to witness and be a part of this. It was funny Sunday morning when we stopped at a travel stop and nearly 100 girls needed to share about 15 feet of bathroom sink space for hair, make-up, and teeth-brushing after an all-night bus ride. In Philips Arena, it was such an awesome feeling to be one of more than 1,000 Drury fans who made the trip to Atlanta – there were even more alumni than there were students!
We knew going in that it was going to be a David vs. Goliath type of game. Us being David. The game started. And then we were down 17 points. And then we were down 12 points at halftime. Our team did not get off to a good start. It looked like it was going to be a no-contest game.
Then we tied it up, and even had the lead very briefly. But Metro State always had an answer to the points and we were still behind. When it was 72-73 with less than 30 seconds on the clock, Metro State missed two 1-and-1 shots. One of our players, senior Alex Hall, grabbed the rebound and was fouled. We were in double bonuses. With 22.8 seconds on the clock, Alex Hall got the opportunity to take those two free throws. I can’t imagine how he was feeling then. But he made them.
And we won the game. Drury lead for a total of 68 seconds in the whole game. Chaos ensued.
So we got to a motel that night and I’m pretty sure we had the whole thing rented out. I had never seen so much beer or so many people in a hotel room.
#allweDUiswin! It’s a great time to be a panther!