Thursday, January 08, 2009
Part one of the big Anderson University and Erskine College rivalry was tonight at A.U. It has grown so big that it lasts all year. As for prizes the winner takes home a huge silver cup and obviously bragging rights for the next twelve months. Anderson University has won the past few years so pride is on the line.
In the first game the rebuilding Lady Trojans meet an equally matched Fleet team. After eleven lead changes the first half was still tied until Anderson took a 55-52 lead on a 3-point basket with 6:35 to play. The Flying Fleet tried hard down the stretch but never managed to retake the lead. Victory for the Lady Trojans 75-63.
One down one to go.
The much improved guys came ready to play some hoops. However the Flying Fleet had their own ideas, and set out to back it up with points. At one time trailing by seven points in the first half, the Trojans batted back in front of a lively home crowd to take a 30-29 at the break. That gave A.U. the lead for good. The second half started with the opening of a round ball clinic as Anderson came out with a 21-7 run and they never looked back. The Fleet tried hard but just could not overcome the momentum. Anderson victory number two on the night.
Tonight's sweep gives A.U. 2 more points towards the cup and once again 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 pork loin and shrimp the size of a corndog, crab puffs and lobster quesadillas . WOW !! It was so good. And the crowd was great. Standing room only.
My old buddy 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 and a bag of Tootsie Rolls. Yeah !!!!
Oh yeah, at half time the new Mascot's name contest winner along with his name was reveled. Nope I'm not gonna tell ya. You have to guess. ( OK Troy Trojan shhh )