Best YouTube Moments In Washington State Basketball: The NomineesPosted by Connor Pelton (@ConnorPelton28) on January 13th, 2014
Last month we introduced our new project, which is centered around determining the top YouTube moment in Pac-12 basketball history. We continue the nomination portion with Washington State.
[ed note: These are just the top moments we could find on YouTube, which has a vast number and array of videos, but we won’t be able to cover the entire 99 years of the conference.]
We open with this beauty of a game-saving block from forward D.J. Shelton. Down by one in the first game of the best-of-three CBI Championship series, Pittsburgh guard Tray Woodall caught the ball at midcourt with 3.5 seconds left on the clock. Woodall took two dribbles, drove into the lane, and attempted to throw in a reverse layup into the hoop as time expired. Only the ball never got there. Shelton bodied up the guard as he got into the paint, then swatted away the futile attempt with great force. A Panthers’ three-point attempt as time expired fell short, and the Cougars escaped with the 67-66 win.
Down one. Overtime. Two and a half seconds left. Senior Day. Against No. 14 Arizona State. That’s the scene for senior Taylor Rochestie, who then buried a three from southern Canada to spring the upset. This is what’s great about college hoops, and this is definitely the highlight of the Washington State options.
Our final play is another game-winner, this one courtesy of guard DaVonte Lacy. With 18 seconds left and the game tied at 74 against California, Lacy was fouled throwing up the go-ahead three pointer. Of course, the shot fell through, pushing the ZZU CRU and the rest of the Beasley Coliseum crowd into a frenzy. The Golden Bears actually got a look at the win on the next trip down the floor, but it just wasn’t meant to be after the fantastic shot by Lacy.
If you have any other nominees, put them in the comments and we will add it to the poll. Voting closes a week from now, and the top vote-getter advances to the tournament of champions.