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Archdeacon: ‘Brotherhood over basketball’

Trey Calvin holds ticket to the NCAA tournament

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

By Tom Archdeacon

It had been a comeback for the ages.

Wright State had overcome a 16-point deficit in the late stages of the game and gotten an ice water- in-the-veins winning shot from point guard Trey Calvin to edge Northern Kentucky, 72-71, in the Horizon League Championship on Tuesday.

That won WSU a trip to the NCAA Tournament and now Raiders’ fans of all ages and stripes were pouring onto the court at Indiana Farmers Coliseum to celebrate.

There were hugs and kisses, cheers and photos and dancing and confetti. Soon the players would don black caps and gray T-shirts proclaiming them Horizon League champs and there would be a big trophy and net cuttings at both baskets.

Tanner Holden, the Raiders’ all-league guard, said when the game ended, he was in the “adrenaline stage” and the scenes were “just flying by” him:

“It still hadn’t sunk in yet. When fans started rushing the court, I was celebrating with them. Then I found my mom and she was bawling her eyes out and that kind of hit home with me.”

In the middle of the jubilant crowd Tammy Holden was thinking about the person who was not there.