You know how much fun it is to open up a box of Cracker Jack and dig for the toy? You never know what you're going to get. This year's Golden Knights are just like that. Gannon's shocking 81-63 road win over previously 12-3 Slippery Rock was like finding a coupon for a free flat panel HDTV among your caramel corn. Gannon's previous game, a 70-51 stinker at Clarion, was like a box full of Scorpions instead of peanuts. Either way -- new TV or painful sting -- it's not boring!
I can't imagine the discussions the SRU coaching staff had yesterday during the game. The Knights' starting point guard (James Bryant) was reportedly benched while fellow starter Mark Demski was out with an injury. Tanner Furno then has the game of his life (including high school where he was a good player but not a rim-rattling offensive dynamo). Larry Swann, inconsistent since joining the team three weeks ago, goes crazy in the first half, totaling 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Meanwhile, Gannon's top scoring threat, George Johnson, goes 0-for-8. SRU coach Kevin Reynolds should have just turned over his personnel scouting report on Gannon and used it for scrap paper.
Think about it: We've all seen this Gannon team play about a dozen times this season, and we don't have a freaking clue who's even going to be on the active roster, in the starting lineup, and in the playing rotation. And for the Knights who do play, we don't know if they're going to dominate the boards or commit three dozen turnovers. Heck, they could do both in the same game. See you Saturday night vs. nationally ranked IUP. Either way, we'll be entertained.