We can debate forever -- I think some of us will -- whether George Johnson's game-winning shot vs. Clarion was at the buzzer or after the buzzer. I had a chance to talk with longtime Gannon fan Gary Miller after the game (at the 1989-90 team reunion at the Plymouth), and his take on the validity of Johnson's shot rang right with everyone at our gathering. "The call on Johnson's shot was closer to correct than the foul call against Gannon with 6 seconds left," Miller said.
We tend to focus on the final play of a game, when so many other plays could have swung the game. For example:
* Clarion's Lloyd Harrison came in as an 80% free throw shooter, but he missed 5 of his 13 free throw attempts, including one near the end of regulation.
* Alphonso Scandrett's 5 offensive rebounds (none of them easy) kept the Knights in the game. His 7 turnovers nearly gave away the key PSAC West contest.
* Steve Piotrowicz may have his Prep diploma revoked after going 1-for-4 from the foul line. Prep kids are supposed to do better than that. And who would ever think that pass-first, shoot-later Piotrowicz would take the second most field goal attempts (3-for-11) in a game?
* How did George Johnson score 19 points (on just 15 shots) and dish out 5 assists with at least one Clarion player draped all over him from opening tip to final buzzer?
* The Knights shot just 13-for-23 from the line, but Tanner Furno, basically a 50% free throw shooter, drained 5-of-7. He was 0-for-1 on dunks in the game, however.
Again, all those added up to another one-point win for Gannon. And now, just one week after a self-proclaimed Gannon basketball expert (me) said second place was "basically an impossibility," the Knights are just one game out of that spot. This has to be one of the zaniest .500 seasons in college basketball history ... and now we're supposed to be heading into the exciting part of the season. Hold on tight!