Scottie Lindsey rejects Troy Williams
Welsh-Ryan Arena has felt electric only a handful of times in Chris Collins‘ three seasons as head coach. One of those times was Feb. 25, 2015, when Northwestern, trying for a four-game winning streak, hosted Indiana.
The Wildcats held a 51-48 lead in the second half when freshman wing Scottie Lindsey met Indiana forward Troy Williams, one of the Big Ten’s best athletes, at the apex of Williams’ dunk attempt for a phenomenal block.
— Northwestern on BTN (@NUOnBTN) February 26, 2015
The block on its own was enough to get the Welsh-Ryan Arena crowd roaring, and then Northwestern guard Tre Demps drilled a corner 3-pointer on the ensuing fast break. The Wildcats went on to win 72-65, although the Hoosiers got revenge in the Big Ten Tournament.
Dominique Matthews scores 12 points in two minutes.
The 2015-16 has been filled with growing pains, as expected. But Flames fans have witnessed a few moments that show the possibility of a very bright future.
Dec. 12 at the United Center, freshman guard Dominique Matthews exploded for 18 points in the first half against Illinois. Matthews scored 12 of those points in a 1:49 span. Matthews had a steal and breakaway layup, a tough layup in traffic, a pair of 3-pointers and a two-point jumper during that stretch.
— Herb Gould (@HerbGould) December 12, 2015
It doesn’t hold up to when Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes 30 points in a 4:38 stretch last season, but it’s quite impressive nonetheless for a Horizon League player.
Christian Thomas buzzer beater vs. Evansville
Trying to prove its worth as a legitimate MVC program, Loyola had an early January road trip to Northern Iowa and Evansville after tearing through non-conference play. The Ramblers were outmatched by Northern Iowa, and then they needed a six-point comeback in the final 2:05 to record a huge win at Evansville.
Trailing 70-69, Loyola got a huge stop with 12 seconds left. Guard Milton Doyle brought the ball up the floor, and a double team came when he dribbled to the foul line with two seconds left. Doyle jumped above the double team and found forward Christian Thomas for the game-winning layup.
The official scorer gave Doyle a missed shot and Thomas an offensive rebound and putback. Doyle’s mom adamantly disagrees with that (and I agree with her). Judge the play for yourself.