If you didn’t make it out to the Curb Event Center Saturday night for the Women’s Basketball game, then you missed a thriller against Alabama. Those that got to the Men’s game early were not disappointed with plenty of action and hopefully they will come to some other women’s games this season. The game was back and forth the majority of the time and Belmont held on to a 2 point lead as time was expiring before Alabama was able to knock down a jumper to send the game in to overtime. Overtime was just as exciting as the end of regulation and was nearly sent in to another overtime period. Belmont was down by 1 as Alabama was trying to throw the ball in. Belmont was able to come up with a steal on the in bounds and knock down a lay-up to go up by 1. With only seconds remaining, Alabama made a costly turnover giving back the ball to Belmont which knocked down 1 out of 2 free throws. The last attempt of an over half court shot by Alabama just fell short to secure the victory for the Belmont Bruins and extend their winning record to 3-0.
After a brief intermission, it was time to see how the men could perform on their home court for the first time this season. Before the start of the game, the freshmen, class of 2013, was honored and had the chance to run out on the court with the team. From the opening whistle, the team came out strong and built up a dominant lead which they never relished to the opposing squad from Alabama State. This game luckily was not a nail biter, as the women’s was, because I do not think our fans could have handled two extremely close games in one night. All fans were entertained at halftime by the USA Hot Shot Jump Rope team from Franklin, TN. Both teams will have a small break from playing to enjoy the food and festivities that surround Thanksgiving Day. They will both be back on the court in action this weekend: Friday for the women when they start play in a tournament out in Arizona against Oregon State and Saturday for the men when they travel north to play Eastern Illinois.