Friday, March 13, 2009

Bearcats record game still stands....... barely.

It felt like forever for the Syracuse Orange and the Connecticut Huskies, but their 6 overtime game last night is one overtime shy of the NCAA record. The 7 overtime marathon played by the U.C. Bearcats is still the longest game in history. It was December 21, 1981, with the Bearcats in Peoria, Illinois, facing the Bradley Braves. The long night was worth it for the Bearcats as they came out with a 75 to 73 win. It's hard to believe 7 overtimes and just 148 total points scored, but remember, there was no shot clock. Teams were able to hold the basketball, and they did just that in the overtime periods. Last night Syracuse and UConn combined for 244 points, with the Orange winning 127-117. In U.C.'s record-setter there were no points scored in the third overtime period. The only points scored in the 7th and deciding overtime came from Covington Holmes grad Doug Schloemer. Bradley center Donald Reese played 73 of the 75 minutes played that night. It was crazy, and that game was on my mind from the time Syracuse and UConn went to their fourth overtime. It's kind of cool Cincinnati still has the record.

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