Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sink the Fleet.

That was the order of the night. There is a huge rivalry

between Anderson University and Erskine College. Anderson swept the basketball games at home now we traveled to Due West to try to do it again.

We usually get a nice turn out of our fans since Erskine is close. There was enough interest this year to charter a bus. So we all piled on for a free ride and to cheer on our Trojans.

In the women’s game the nationally ranked Lady Trojans were expected to win quickly and win big. They did. With a dominating 79-55 victory. Anderson never trailed and all the girls got time on the court. The win assures A.U. the first place and a top spot in the playoff, with two games yet to go.

In the guys game the team knew they’d have to work hard to clinch another win. In the first half they looked like they were going to run away with it and at the half the score was a convincing 33-16.

The second half was a different story. The Flying Fleet used full court pressure and amazing three-point shooting to get back into the game. They were helped by a series of what I feel were very bad calls by the referees. But that is a part of the game. The Fleet tied up the game after a big foul and three points from the free throw line. Then it was Anderson’s chance with 26 seconds left Nayte Russell saved the day with an incredible drive, weaving through they lane for two points. With just 3 seconds to go Erskine who had been scoring three’s all night had the inbound ball tipped and recovered by Stephen Cobb squeaking out the victory 61-59.

The sweep keeps Beville Cup competition completely in Anderson's control. With a so far perfect score of 14 to nothing. If our top ranked Tennis team wins at least one of their two games with them (a likely hood) then A.U. is mathematically assured the repeat win, and there is still a third of the year remaining.

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