To recap this game would be impossible. It wasn't just the fact that we were losing by 15 at halftime. It wasn't just the fact that USC had a team double our size. It wasn't even about the plantain omelet that Dave and I shared for lunch, which was phenomenal and very indicative of the local flavor.
It was something much different entirely. It was about will. It was about heart.
With pressure on Gonzo mounting, he needed this win. And his players responded, giving everything they had.
John Garcia, who is himself of Puerto Rican descent, played an incredible game, ending with 11 points and 18 "plantains."
Paul Gause, who fell hard to the ground in the last two minutes of the game, picked himself back up and tossed an assist to Hazell that helped put the game out of reach.
Mike Davis played a very strong second half, and Harvey and Theodore both showed unbelievable intensity, on both ends of the court. Watching this game, it's clear that Theodore pushes Harvey to play to his potential.
At the end of the game, the scoreboard read: Seton Hall 63 USC 61. It was a shocking sight. My fellow Booster Club members and I spent a total of 30 minutes before leaving the arena, in part because the exits were difficult to locate. (All signs were in Spanish.)
We had witnessed history. We had seen a team rise up, and meet adversity head on. When everyone said Seton Hall had no hope, that would be defeated... our players answered defiantly: Yes We Can.
See you later, USC!!
Memphis, here we come!!! And Calipari, you better be afraid!! We're still mad about Keith Van Horn.