34 Point Deficit Overcome in Last 22 Minutes and 30 Seconds vs. Delaware
Just your typical Thursday night at the office, right?
Not so fast, my virtual and online friends.
The old record was set in the early days of television on December 30, 1950 when Duke edged out Tulane 74-72 after trailing by 32 points.
After seeing the frenetic highlights on SportsCenter, this is the best way I was able to break it down at Drexel’s campus, located not too far away from the final scenes of where Rocky I and Rocky II were shot. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did typing it while listening to Billboard and Pitchfork’s Best Song Playlists from the 1980’s:
Jacob Cushing buried a three (the team’s tenth of the half) with 2:36 to play before halftime which gave Delaware (12-18, 5-12 in the CAA) a rather comfortable 53-19 lead. From that point on, Drexel (12-18, 6-11 in CAA play) outscored the Blue Hens 66-30 on 58-percent shooting.
First, the Dragons went on a 10-3 run to end the half.
Down 56-29 entering the second half, Drexel made a furious comeback scoring 34 of the game’s next 53 points. The Blue Hens were still leading by 14 at 77-63 with 6:44 to play following an Eric Carter putback, but Drexel exploded for another 16-2 run when they somehow tied the game at 79 all on an Tramaine Isabell three-point play at the 3:50 mark.
After the last media time out, Isabell banked in a jumper to give Drexel its first lead of the night, before Ryan Allen responded back with a pull-up jumper of his own to tie the game again at 81.
Austin Williams tipped in a miss to help the Dragons regain the lead at 83-31, but Ryan Daly nailed a shot in the paint to tie the game again at 83-83 with 10 seconds left on the clock.
The next time Drexel had the ball, Isabell was fouled trying to shoot a three with 2.2 seconds left. He hit two of three shots from the foul line before Eric Carter’s last second three-point attempt was off the mark.
Tramaine Isabell nearly had a triple-double for Drexel posting 29 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists. Three other Drexel Dragons finished in double figures. For Delaware, Ryan Allen led the Blue Hens in a losing cause with 21 points, while Daly chipped in with a hard earned 17 points. Eric Carter posted his 10th double-double of the season in this very tough luck loss with 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Anthony Mosley had himself a nice game with 14 points and six assists.
Allonzo Trier Suspended by NCAA For Use of Possible Banned Substance
Before Arizona played a key Pac-12 game at Oregon State, the NCAA suspended junior point guard Allonzo Trier for having traces of a banned substance.
Trier ended up sitting during the first 19 games of the 2016-17 season after traces of a banned substance were found in his blood stream.
According to ESPN and CBSSports.com on Thursday, he became eligible to play when traces of the undisclosed substance were no longer inside his blood stream.
But the timing of this is very strange indeed, as the Wildcats avoided a trap escaping at Oregon State 75-65 in overtime.
Trier is the team’s key leader, as this flashy combo guard is averaging 19.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He has also made 43 percent of his 3-point attempts (64 for 149).
Although the exact timeline of events is unknown, this much we do know.
Here is the statement from the University of Arizona Department of Athletics:
“Earlier today, the University of Arizona was notified that the NCAA has declared Allonzo Trier ineligible. In late January 2018, Allonzo participated in an NCAA student-athlete drug screening. The results of that test, confirmed today, revealed the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance. The amount detected was minuscule by scientific standards and appears to be a remnant of a substance, which the NCAA agreed, Allonzo had unknowingly ingested in 2016. The University is appealing the decision and is hopeful that Allonzo will regain his eligibility soon.”
If the decision by an Appeals committee on the NCAA level shows that Trier cannot play, NBA draft prospect DeAndre Ayton along with Rawle Alkins and Dusan Ristic will have to shoulder more of the load and their possible top 4 seed could be in definite jeopardy.
Memphis survived Houston at the FedEx Pyramid, 91-85 while Jacksonville State surprised Belmont 78-67.
Carsen Edwards became the first Purdue Boilermakers player to score 40 points since Glenn “The Big Dog” Robinson, the pride of Gary Roosevelt High School did the same at the 1994 Knoxville Regional (in a 83-78 Sweet 16 victory over Kansas). Edwards did it at the home of the Orange Crush in Illinois, going 11 for 19 from the field and 14 for 16 at the line in a key 93-86 win.
Edwards also matched former Illinois great Brandon Paul as the only Big Ten players to score 40 points in a conference game since 1998.
Even though Illinois managed to stay close, they have lost ten games by 9 points or less. Purdue (25-5 overall, 14-3 in Big Ten play) shot 58.3 percent from the field as they played their second game since Vincent Edwards suffered a left ankle injury. The Boilermakers also went 11 for 23 from 3-point range and ended up outrebounding Illinois 32-20. Those types of stats are going to be huge for the Boilers if they want to get at least into the Elite Eight like Robinson did in his senior year (A personal note–I saw the “Big Dog” play when I was in high school, with that deft jumper inside the free throw line was just as deadly as Patrick Ewing when he suited up for the New York Knicks).
Purdue will have Senior Day on Sunday prior to their Mackey Arena season finale against Minnesota. Most bracketologists have them as a high 2 seed. If Kansas loses at Texas Tech on Saturday, they could be back in that 1 seed conversation with a little over two weeks until Selection Sunday.
Finally, at the same city where Jamie Sale and David Pelletier from Canada dazzled the world and overcame a lot of controversy to win the world’s hearts at the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Runnin’ Utes surprised UCLA 84-78, as David Collette had 21 points to go along with seven rebounds.
Friday, there will be one day game on the Watch ESPN app as IUPUI hosts Wright State at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Otherwise, there will be 17 other games highlighted by Harvard at Princeton, 7 p.m. on ESPNU, Ohio State at Indiana–8 p.m. on FS1 and Western Michigan at the alma mater of David Letterman in Ball State, 9 p.m. on ESPN2.
Unless there are any upsets, the next time I plan to blog about the games again witll be on Saturday. Expect your second to last “Under The Microscope” blog to appear your inboxes sometime on Friday.
Before I go tuck myself in for the night, here is a general PSA:
Please take some time to make sure your smartphone batteries (especially if you have an Apple iPhone) are fully up to date. Step one is to have your key data and components backed up to the Cloud. The $30 discounted price for a battery replacement on slightly older phones like the iPhone 6 and 6S will expire on December 31, 2018. One of my good friends told me recently that a great place to start is by booking your reservation with a Geek Squad expert at a Best Buy store near you. Just be prepared to spend anywhere from one hour to possibly 90 minutes there so they can test your phone and make sure it is in tip-top shape going forward. Thanks for noticing and remembering.
Please have yourself a good night.