WICHITA, Kan. The best player you've never heard of on the best team you've never seen went and locked himself in a glass case of emotion. Here stood Carl Hall, the victorious. Here stood Carl Hall, the inconsolable.
"I'm excited we won, man," Hall, Wichita State's chiseled power forward, offered softly after his Shockers knocked off No. 12 Creighton, 67-64, to move into a tie with the Bluejays atop the Missouri Valley Conference. "But I'm still down on myself about those free throws at the end, man."
With that, the giant in the grey hoodie dropped his head, crestfallen. Seeing this, teammate Demetric Williams passed by and slapped the big lug on the back.
"Naw, it's over with, man," Williams chuckled, never breaking stride, shouting back at Hall as he passed. "I missed two of them. I was oh-fer-2."
Hall smiled at that, for a second. Then he dropped his head again.
"Yeah," Hall whispered. "I'm still thinking about the five free throws I missed."
In the final two minutes of a ...