ST. LOUIS Brian Conklin cradled the ball near the top of the key, time ticking toward a Saint Louis victory that made the Billikens' NCAA Tournament dream more real. Behind him, students began chanting, "Let's go dancing! Let's go dancing!" Conklin, the heart of Saint Louis' run this season, savored the final seconds of his last game at Chaifetz Arena by creating a memory.
Time expired, and goodbyes began. There was a hug from senior guard Kyle Cassity. There were chest bumps from others. The senior forward made a slow walk toward the end of the Billikens' bench, noise from 10,441 fans wearing white continuing to roar. Conklin began to cry.
"It was a special moment, definitely," he said later. "You see it when you're younger you go to college games and you watch it. You don't think about it until it's your time. That's when the tears came. I knew it was my time. It was special."
Tuesday's game was memorable for Conklin, his teammates and the eager fans who watched Saint Loui...