Northwestern State Had No Shining Moment Against Oklahoma

Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE

Northwestern State took Oklahoma down to the wire Friday night. They just didn't have a Justin Wallace on the roster. You know, the kid who hit the 3-pointer in the corner to beat Iowa in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Go with me here.

Apparently the Northwestern State legend of Jermaine Wallace hasn't been explained to this season's team.

Wallace was the senior guard that hit the deep in the corner 3-pointer that took out Iowa in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament. It was a 14-3 upset, and the Hawkeyes team that many thought had the ability to get top the final eight was gone.

Friday night, the Demons took on the Oklahoma Sooners, a sneaky young team under Lon Kruger's watch and almost pulled off a similar upset, albeit one with less on the line.

Northwestern State had the Sooners on the ropes until late. Neither team was shooting what you would call well, and Oklahoma missed a few good looks from inside the lane that could have sealed this game much earlier.

But they didn't and that is what game the Demons so many looks at the basket late with a chance to tie. The only issue was that Jalan West kept forcing shots. First it was a two-point attempt that easily could have been passed. The other was a long three from the wing.

Admittedly the Demons were handcuffed. They played more than 12 minutes with just a single timeout left, and Oklahoma was firmly in the bonus for almost as long. That limits your options; it limits the ability to set up a play to get your guy alone in the corner.

It means you can't set up the Wallace-type shot (which was also forced, but at least he made a move to get free). It means you end up with tough defenders right in your face constantly. You have no recourse but to fight against it with wild chances.

Northwestern State tried everything in the book: throwing the ball off Oklahoma on inbounds chances, tossing it off Sooner feet while falling out of bounds, wildly tipping loose balls.

It just wasn't enough. There was no Wallace moment coming.

Northwestern State fell to Oklahoma, 69-65.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mid-Major Madness

You must be a member of Mid-Major Madness to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mid-Major Madness. You should read them.

Join Mid-Major Madness

You must be a member of Mid-Major Madness to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mid-Major Madness. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker