Evansville Beats Northern Iowa 63-62…Despite Lies (Again!) Of ESPN’s ScoreCenter App

I kept track of last night’s Evansville-Northern Iowa game (as I keep track of most Evansville games) on ESPN’s ScoreCenter App.

While I am grateful that I live in a world in which free software that uses a negligible amount of memory gives me play-by-play updates of every single NCAA men’s and women’s basketball game played, the ScoreCenter App has lied to me twice this season, elevating my blood pressure both times.

ScoreCenter last night posted “Northern Iowa 62, Evansville 60” as a final score and adjusted Evansville’s record to 12-14. The final play, according to the app, was a 3-pointer by UNI’s Johnny Moran with 5 seconds left. I went to bed grumpy.

But 62-60 wasn’t the final score, and Northern Iowa didn’t win (and Evansville isn’t 12-14).

Evansville’s Denver Holmes hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 0.6 on the clock. I didn’t find out until this morning. Assuming my team had lost a close game in the final seconds, I avoided any media that might remind me that my team had lost a close game in the final seconds. (This is a habit of mine.)

Of course, Evansville didn’t lose, and I was denied my opportunity to celebrate a season sweep of Northern Iowa.

Evansville's Denver Holmes, hero of last night's win over Northern Iowa. (Photo by Jason Clark, Evansville Courier & Press)

This happened once before.

On January 7, ScoreCenter told me that Evansville had beaten Illinois State 72-70. It didn’t tell me that the Redbirds’ Jackie Carmichael had hit a 3 at the buzzer to give Illinois State the win. I found out later, after tweeting “EVANSVILLE 72, ILLINOIS STATE 70. FINAL.”

You can watch the highlights, courtesy of AcesTV, here:

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


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