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.
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: