All due respect to Scottie Reynolds, but the biggest shot of March Madness just might have come a few hours earlier and 90 miles west yesterday. Findlay and Cal Poly Pomona were tied at 53 with 2.4 seconds left in OT of the Division II championship game in Springfield, Mass., when Findlay had one last chance on a inbound play from the baseline.
And just to set the scene, Findlay came into the game at 35-0 and had been ranked #1 all year. Cal Poly was trying to become the first unranked team to win the D-II title in 30 years. Findlay got the ball inbound to senior Tyler Evans, who seemingly had nowhere to go and hadn’t made a shot all day. You know what’s happening next.
Video after the jump.
You know how a shot is pure? Evans’ teammate under the hoop knew it was going in and started celebrating early.
Tim Brando was on the call, and while he had a nice first line he kinda stumbled through the rest. You know, Springfield’s only like, what, an hour and a half from Boston? They couldn’t have had Lundquist and Raftery there and then have them drive to Boston for the ‘Nova-Pitt game? Evans surely would’ve earned a double order of onions from Raft.
Findlay becomes the fourth team in 52 years to run the table in Division II (the first since 1996), and the 36 wins without a loss is an all-time record. The last D-I team to go undefeated was Indiana in 1976.
Findlay has won some big games before. They beat then-defending national runner up Ohio State last season.