It was an amazing, improbable comeback for the Running Rebels’ basketball team Saturday night, coming back from a 10 point deficit with 22 seconds remaining, then going on to beat San Diego State, 93-91 in overtime. If nothing else Steve Fisher’s SDSU demonstrted that the Knicks aren’t the only team in organized ball with no idea what to do in the closing seconds of a game.
Elsewhere, UNLV’s baseball squad suffered a late collapse, losing 7-6 to preseason no. 1 Texas at a chilly Disch-Falk Field in Austin. Staked to a 6-3 lead, Vegas reliever Efren Navarro failed to retire any of the 8 Texas hitters he faced in the bottom of the 9th, the rally kickstarted when 3B Willie Bowman booted David Stubbs’ grounder leading off the inning. Texas C Taylor Teagarden (above) tied the game with a 2 run HR over the left field wall ; 1B Chance Wheeless (hitlesss in his 6 previous at bats) won the game with a bases loaded liner to right.
Nothing says “spring is here” like aluminum bats, astro-turf, 40 degree temperatures and the soothing sounds of Mudvayne over a stadium tannoy. That snobbery and Navarro’s meltdown aside, Texas’ 6th straight win to open the 2005 campaign made a pretty good case for why there oughta be more Division I baseball on the idiot box.