Gannon turned a lackluster near-blowout in front of a quarter-filled Hammermill Center into a comeback thriller Monday night, rallying past Central State (Oh.), 64-63. It was another Jekyll-and-Hyde performance for the Knights, who stumbled their way to 22 points and 8 turnovers in the first half and then exploded for 42 points and produced just 5 turnovers in the second half.
WFNN's Jim LeCorchick interviewed me at halftime, and I know we were lamenting Gannon's first-half sleepwalk. Then we said this team has shown all season they could turn it on for a half, and I swear LeCorchick said Travis Brannen could go off (he had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the second stanza) and I agreed, noting that we wouldn't surprised if the Knights erupted for 42 points (they did). If anyone can confirm we said that, please let me know. I might want to collaborate with Jim on Wednesday's Powerball numbers.
I really liked the Knights' offensive aggressiveness in the second half. A long time Gannon fan asked me at halftime to enlighten him on the team's philosophy of throwing the ball side-to-side-to-side for the first 30 seconds of the shot clock while the players away from the ball basically stand still. I couldn't explain it, so I just threw a handful of caramel corn into my mouth. The Knights changed their attack in the second half -- they actually started attacking -- with Anthony Clagett and Danard Crouch frequently trying to dribble past their defenders. Let's hope the Knights approach Edinboro the same way Wednesday night.
And why was this game better than the Super Bowl, as I claim in the headline? Because we didn't see any of this at the game. Ugh.