Friday, December 14, 2012


I had the honor of working as the radio play-by-play man for Gannon's 81-66 win over Notre Dame (Oh.) in the opening round of the 2012 Porreco Cup. I pride myself on being prepared -- some would say overprepared -- for each broadcast. For example, did you know that that Notre Dame reserve forward Kalomo Figueroa-Jackson attended Africentric Early College in Columbus, and their team nickname is the Nubians, a people of Sudan? And did you know the best-known Nubian is the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat?

I had all that info in my game notes, but here's the only data I had on Gannon senior forward Tanner Furno: "Ankle surgery -- out until January." Furno proceeded to thrill the Knight faithful not just because he suited up, but because he looked smooth scoring 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 chart from the free throw line. Radio color man Jim LeCorchick and I suspected that since the Porreco Cup was moved up to mid-December, Furno coordinated his rehab with the GU schedule and arrived early as well.

As great as Furno and soon-to-be Porreco all-tourney team member Darrell Blanton (26 points, 12 rebounds, several Jammermill moments) were, there were some low points for Gannon. Coming off finals week, the Knights trailed 36-34 at halftime. During the break, which is the only time the play-by-play guy gets to think during the game, I started contemplating the fallout if GU lost to the sub-.500 Falcons. The 594 fans in attendance might have thrown their popcorn and dentures on the court (unless they were already celebrating Prep's state championship victory).

Instead, the Knights erupted for 47 second-half points while stifling Notre Dame for the first 12 minutes of the second stanza. If Gannon can stay healthy, keep Blanton out of foul trouble, cut down on their turnovers (20 vs. NDC), and make some threes (just 1-for-12 Friday), expect the Knights to raise some hardware tonight.


  1. Halftime. Furno playing was a surprise. And all the turnovers drives me nuts, 10 already.

  2. Att 594 OUCH!
    Bayhawks drew 3144 and Prep on TV. I listened
    to Prep on the radio while at the GU game.

  3. I was at a Christmas party, like many others. Attendance would have been better if the game were played on December 29.

  4. Attendance....didn't notice, I was too busy enjoying the game. Great game Knights, fun to watch and they looked like they were having fun. Unfortunate for Tucker, from my view looks like he will be out the rest of the season. Tanner was amazing for coming off an injury and the rest of the team played some great team basketball. Several guys in double figures and 2 starters with double-doubles looks like they found a style they want to play, one that will score points and thrill the audience. Looking forward to tonight! Go Knights.

  5. Tanner was impressive last night. I was hearing rumors that he may be back for this game. Played way better than I expected. Only thing that sucks is Christmas Party at work tonight, so I am missing the title game. Hopefully GU Wins!

  6. I liked the offense for the first time last night..When Furno came in, the floor was spread out...there was finally some spacing so an offense could finally work.
    Lets see what happens tonight...hopefully much more of the same !!!!