Sports rivalries are a fun thing. Anderson University and Erskine College have a long history of great games between them. That rivalry is so big the schools formed a year long contest of academics, community and sports, and the winner takes home a huge silver cup and obviously bragging rights for the next twelve months. Each activity or sport is assigned a set value in points and tonight was basketball. Anderson, which won last year was out to a daunting lead already even before the games tonight. 10.5 points to zero. Tonight was the night to " Black-Out" the Flying Fleet.
First up tonight were the Lady Trojans and the Fleet from Erskine. A.U. opened the game with a 22-6 run and cruised to an easy victory 89-60. That gives the girls 6 straight and a solid lead in the conference.
The guys came out fired up. And the game started with a quick 9 points by the Trojans. But things settled down for Erskine and they battled back and forth over the lead several times. With around 6 minutes to go the Fleet pulled ahead to a 49-45 lead. But the Trojans were not about to give-up. Going on a rampage of points and steals they fought back to a 65-55 victory. It was one of the most exciting moments in A. U. history and completed a sweep for the night.
The victories earned Anderson 2 more points towards the cup and puts Erskine in the position of having to win almost everything else this year to have a chance.
Greg and the cafe staff, co-sponsor of the cup pulled all the stops tonight. The amazing A.U. fresh roasted turkey and shrimp the size of a lobster claw. WOW !! it was so good. And the crowd was great. Standing room only.
Oh J.J. Jumper the NCAA mascot was at the game tonight providing fun, games, t-shirts and prizes. And once again I caught a shirt. Yeah !!!! Size small. SO as promised Ashley went home with a NCAA basketball shirt.
Speaking of Ashley, I need to tell you that she danced with the Trojan dancers again tonight. Did fantastic.