There's No Way Anyone Could Describe The Experience Of Witnessing This Game Without Using A Series of Schematic Drawings And Some Hand Puppets
Bear with me, just beginning to regain my capacity to construct a rational thought.
Thought #1 after this game ended: "Holy Christ, what a finish! Hassan sinks it with 2.6 secs left to "a-Hassan-ate" the Catamounts and send them back to cow country!!"
Thought #2 after this game ended: "WTF did we just witness here? Was this not the most messed up game anyone has ever seen?"
After the revelry of the last shot finally dwindled, I thought about some of the numbers produced by this game:
And I am sure of this although I have no numbers available to back me up: there was a stretch of at least 3 and a half minutes late in the game where Vermont did not touch the ball even once. There were 6 or 7 offensive rebounds in a row, and with BU's inability to shoot the ball with more than 5 seconds on the shot clock combined with BU's inability to actually make any of those shots, it seemed like the possession would never end. Losing by 2 at this point, the insane thing is that the Terriers could not convert on any of those chances!! The sequence ended with a foul on Omari, and it wasn't until ANOTHER five-offensive-rebound possession that Shaun Wynn finally hit his monster 3-pointer to bring the game within 2.
Bottom line, it took me a long time to decide whether to be disgusted or euphoric about this victory. In the end I went with euphoric, since all that matters is the W. After a stretch of five games during which BU was poised to win each one in the final minute but came away with a loss in every game, this is the one that they squeezed out just enough to finish it. The first truly clutch performance after being let down so many times in a row.
I don't care how ugly it was - I'll take it. Now let's never speak of this game again.