Top 10 Moments of 2015 in Chicago Basketball

Honorable mentions

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.

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.

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.

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