Presenting a Spring Break batch of “David Citations” for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:
COMEBACK WHILE TIME STOOD STILL: Trailing 63-60 in the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament, Charlotte University scored eight points in the final 4.7 seconds (all on free throws) to defeat Richmond, 68-63. The points came after a technical foul on a rebound attempt, a foul on 3-point attempt, and a technical foul on Richmond coach Chris Mooney for ranting. At one point, Charlotte’s Pierra Henry attempted 11 straight free throws.
CONNECTIONS: During a recent Bearbackers luncheon at the University of Central Arkansas, the Bears’ Robert Crawford told of his intentions to try to play pro basketball. Asked if he had any pro connections, he said, “Right beside me,” point to UCA coach Corliss Williamson on his right.
BENCHMARK: When UCA’s Jarvis Garner hit a last-second shot to force an overtime game at Lamar and as he relaxed watching television in his motel room, UCA assistant coach Anthony Walker saw a highlight and immediately texted some recruits, “Turn on your television. We made SportsCenter.”
BEST OVERTIME WORKERS: The UCA men’s basketball team played one game this season in single overtime, one in double overtime and one in triple overtime. The Bears won all three.
LOOK OUT PITCHES: In a recent baseball series against UCA, Mississippi State pitchers hit 11 batters in second games.
THIS TELLS YOU A LOT: Megan Herbert of the UCA Sugar Bears recently won her third Player of the Year Award in the Southland Conference. This may be one of her greatest achievements. The Sugar Bears finished 15-15 and sixth in the league standings. Such an honor almost never goes to a player from a team that low in the standings. That’s respect from Herbert’s rival coaches.
CHRISTMAS IN MARCH: One of the star players for Syracuse is Rakeem Christmas. He wears No. 25.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)