I was searching for the right words to describe today's game, when my 4-year-old daughter summed it up best. When her grandmother asked, "Who won the game?", Evelyn replied, "Nobody won." For the Knights, the loss was an uppercut to the midsection of a team that 24 hours ago looked to be getting on track. For Mansfield, it was worse.
Even though the Mountaineers won by 11 points, they lost my respect for their basketball program. I'd say at least 20-25 times in the game they acted inappropriately -- players taunting fans, waving to the crowd sarcastically after making a shot, and pointing to the scoreboard. Maybe the worst of it was with 30 seconds left and the game in hand, three Mansfield players broke into a fun-bunch dance near the free throw line while waiting for a Gannon player to check in. C'mon guys -- act like you've won a basketball game before.
Sure, senior Ryan Callahan was the ringleader of the idiocy, but the real blame goes to MU head coach Rich Miller. He's supposed to be the adult -- the one who's supposed to be teaching discipline to young men. Can you imagine Jerry Slocum, successful every year at Gannon both on and off the floor, standing by quietly as his players preened to the opposing crowd? He wouldn't have let that happen once, let alone two dozen times in one game. Miller allowed his players to embarrass themselves and their university. Yes, you can score a major win and be a big loser at the same time.