Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball.
The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day until New Year’s Eve, when the No. 1 moment will be revealed.
8. Joshua Meier game-winner completes improbable comeback for Chicago State
2015 did not bring much success to Chicago State’s basketball program, but Jan. 31 was a day to remember for the Cougars.
Chicago State traveled to Grand Canyon as heavy underdogs with only a nine percent chance of victory, per KenPom. When Grand Canyon took a 50-37 lead with 9:07 remaining, Chicago State’s win probability dropped to 0.9 percent.
Sophomore forward Trayvon Palmer, who scored 30 points (still a career-high), played like a man possessed to charge an unlikely resurgence by the Cougars. With a pair of free throws, Palmer started a 19-5 run to end the game.
Although Palmer scored 16 points in the final 11 minutes, he missed a potential go-ahead layup with 13 seconds to go. Chicago State was fortunate to retain possession on an offensive rebound, and on the second opportunity coach Tracy Dildy put the ball in freshman forward Joshua Meier‘s hands.
Meier posted up Grand Canyon’s star forward, 6-foot-9 Daniel Alexander, and finished with a baby hook with six seconds remaining.
Grand Canyon guard Dewayne Russell missed a layup at the buzzer, and Chicago State headed home with a magical victory against one of the WAC’s better teams.
This video shows Meier’s game-winner at the 6:30 mark.
Here are game highlights, courtesy of Grand Canyon Athletics:
2015’s Top 10 Moments of Chicago basketball: