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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Yep ... I have the game on VHS. Campus TV used to play them back and I taped it.

    Rodney Horton went completely crazy that game. I'll still never forget Cal's big power forward, Ru-Shaun Roberts, getting that thunderous break away dunk in OT to seal it and turning to the IUP student section and giving the 'Sssshhhhh' sign.

    That was the loudest night, by far, I ever heard the Field House. The KCAC doesn't come close. Recall, too, back then Cal would bring 300-400 fans up with them. You can see in the tape there were no aisles on either side of the bleachers. They turned in to seats.

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    I was at that game in Clarion. IUP escaped with a win in the final seconds. I think it was 68-67. They had no answer for Daddy that night. It was very loud in there. Clarion should have won. They missed some foul shots in the final minute. With the design of the gym you can't hear much and everything echos. I also recall the ride home that night was just horrendous. The highway from Clarion down to New Bethlehem was just buried in snow. I pulled over twice. Clarion's wrestling team all attended the game that night and sat right across from the IUP bench in the front several rows. Inside Tippin the front row is essentially the three point line arc. They just hammered the IUP team from warmups until the final buzzer.

    The win at WL was great. IUP had a nice, loud contingent there. The Norfleet three was quite a moment. Dyer went nuts that game.

    My other favorite road game aside from the night at Seton Hill was also a loss ... when IUP lost the PSAC final at the Hammermill 3-4 years ago. Gannon hit that deep walk-off three at the buzzer. The result stunk from our side but it was a great game. Ride home sucked.

    I forget what year it was now but Rock really hyped up the IUP visit. Place was nuts. They have big bleachers and also the walks up in the air behind the baskets. It was jammed. Joe smoked them. It went from insane to wooden bleachers with 15 minutes left. I think it was Marcel's senior year.

    In all my years, though, nothing compares to Edwards vs Brown games in either Hamer or the Field House. Those were the best crowds I've ever seen at IUP -- football or basketball.

    Cal OT win in the Field House (1998) is the most exciting game to this day I've ever seen at IUP.
    That Cal game was some of my first experiences of IUP basketball. That game was the start of my dislike for them and Brown! hahaha

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  • IUP24
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    I was at that SRU game. It was 2014. You’re right. That place was jammed. They legitimately advertised that as “the biggest basketball game in SRU history.” That was what was going around on social media. No joke.

    IUP clinched the PSAC West that night. Those students got out of there fast.


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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    I was at that game in Clarion. IUP escaped with a win in the final seconds. I think it was 68-67. They had no answer for Daddy that night. It was very loud in there. Clarion should have won. They missed some foul shots in the final minute. With the design of the gym you can't hear much and everything echos. I also recall the ride home that night was just horrendous. The highway from Clarion down to New Bethlehem was just buried in snow. I pulled over twice. Clarion's wrestling team all attended the game that night and sat right across from the IUP bench in the front several rows. Inside Tippin the front row is essentially the three point line arc. They just hammered the IUP team from warmups until the final buzzer.

    The win at WL was great. IUP had a nice, loud contingent there. The Norfleet three was quite a moment. Dyer went nuts that game.

    My other favorite road game aside from the night at Seton Hill was also a loss ... when IUP lost the PSAC final at the Hammermill 3-4 years ago. Gannon hit that deep walk-off three at the buzzer. The result stunk from our side but it was a great game. Ride home sucked.

    I forget what year it was now but Rock really hyped up the IUP visit. Place was nuts. They have big bleachers and also the walks up in the air behind the baskets. It was jammed. Joe smoked them. It went from insane to wooden bleachers with 15 minutes left. I think it was Marcel's senior year.

    In all my years, though, nothing compares to Edwards vs Brown games in either Hamer or the Field House. Those were the best crowds I've ever seen at IUP -- football or basketball.

    Cal OT win in the Field House (1998) is the most exciting game to this day I've ever seen at IUP.

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  • IUP24
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    I've always thought if Clarion would rise to power again ... that could be the toughest gym in the PSAC. It's loud in there at 10 percent capacity. I couldn't imagine it filled up. It's got those old-school, low ceilings. The bleachers are right on top of the court on one side. It's very tight. Gloomy. The average temperature in Tippin is about 98 degrees -- year round.

    Don't get me wrong. It's an awful venue. It's heyday was probably in the 1960s. But it could have a really unique homecourt advantage.


    A lot of teams, for whatever reason, also struggle at Seton Hill. It's smaller than a high school gym.

    I'll still never forget the game a couple years ago. IUP's only loss ever to Seton Hill. That place was beyond insane. There wasn't even anywhere to stand. The crowd was nuts. I think it finally got to Joe so bad he blew up in the final minutes. Got a terrible technical in a real tight game. If they could replicate that atmosphere regularly they wouldn't lose at home often. That game ultimately knocked IUP out of the big tournament.

    Many moons ago Cal had a big home court edge inside Hamer Hall. They didn't lose their often.

    I remember that Seton Hill game. That atmosphere was unreal. People were literally on the court as the game was going on. As far as college basketball goes, that was right up there with the best atmospheres you’ll find at a D1 school. That game was something else. That was the type of atmosphere you love as a fan and as a player.

    That same year IUP went to Clarion and played in a raucous gym as well. If I recall, Norfleet hit two free throws with IUP down 1 to win the game in the final second of the game. There was no video feed for that game, but I remember listening to Jack on the radio. He just kept talking about how loud the crowd was.

    The game they played for the regional championship at WLU really stands out too. That was such a weird, but great crowd. I remember being at that game. The first half, those WLU fans were brutal. Hostile folks. Especially on Dyer. Then IUP hung around and they stopped cheering with the aggressive tone and you could tell the cheers were nervous. I recall when CJ Hester hit a big 3 with about 3-4 minutes left, that building just erupted. One of the best crowds I have ever been in for any sporting event. That place was bananas until Norfleet drained that three. That IUP team just had championship mettle. Not many teams handle what was going on inside that building the last 10 minutes. Again, you love that as a fan and as a player.

    I recall during my years of playing high school baseball, my high school went down to South Carolina in March to play some schools down there. We played some 6A school ranked #1 in the state of SC. When we went to there place to play, you would’ve thought you were at a small college football game. That atmosphere was unreal. Game was under the lights, people were tailgating, students were getting painted in the parking lot... And the crowd was nuts. Incredible stadium with a wraparound grandstand. They had this huge student section on top of the 3rd base dugout waving Rebel flags at screaming “Yankees” at us. I played 3rd. They were on me all night. That’s fun stuff. Pennsylvania doesn’t get that many people in the stands for the high school baseball state championship games. This place was capacity for a game against some northern school. And it was loud. About as raucous as you can get for high school baseball. Won’t ever forget it. You live for those moments on the road as a player. It’s fun to play the villain. IUP does that a lot.

    I’m 24, but that high school reference made me feel old lol.


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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    I've always thought if Clarion would rise to power again ... that could be the toughest gym in the PSAC. It's loud in there at 10 percent capacity. I couldn't imagine it filled up. It's got those old-school, low ceilings. The bleachers are right on top of the court on one side. It's very tight. Gloomy. The average temperature in Tippin is about 98 degrees -- year round.

    Don't get me wrong. It's an awful venue. It's heyday was probably in the 1960s. But it could have a really unique homecourt advantage.


    A lot of teams, for whatever reason, also struggle at Seton Hill. It's smaller than a high school gym.

    I'll still never forget the game a couple years ago. IUP's only loss ever to Seton Hill. That place was beyond insane. There wasn't even anywhere to stand. The crowd was nuts. I think it finally got to Joe so bad he blew up in the final minutes. Got a terrible technical in a real tight game. If they could replicate that atmosphere regularly they wouldn't lose at home often. That game ultimately knocked IUP out of the big tournament.

    Many moons ago Cal had a big home court edge inside Hamer Hall. They didn't lose their often.

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    I’m pretty sure that one game I went to the rim was bent upward on one end of the floor. You might want to have IUP check that on Saturday.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    It's odd for sure. I think it messes with players' sight-lines. It's not just one team here or there. Most shoot bad there. It's almost like the Carrier Dome issue. No doubt, there's a lot going on in there.

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by Golden89 View Post
    You might have something there ... I've had a few Gannon fans ask me if Mercyhurst's court is smaller than regulation. I haven't measured, but I'm certain that it is not. The place certainly has an odd configuration ... one side of bleachers is right on top of the court and the other is on a "stage" quite a ways behind the scorers table. The offices behind the end line and the stairs make the place look odd. Also, the three large scoreboards are unnecessarily large and the buzzer is deafening.

    The GU/ Hurst games are always lower-scoring at the MAC. Maybe it's the configuration, but I think that Mercyhurst is better able to dictate the Manchel style of play at the MAC.
    Mercyhurst "arena" is a dump. No other explanation needed!!!

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  • Golden89
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    That gym makes me claustrophobic. Maybe it does the same to the players.
    You might have something there ... I've had a few Gannon fans ask me if Mercyhurst's court is smaller than regulation. I haven't measured, but I'm certain that it is not. The place certainly has an odd configuration ... one side of bleachers is right on top of the court and the other is on a "stage" quite a ways behind the scorers table. The offices behind the end line and the stairs make the place look odd. Also, the three large scoreboards are unnecessarily large and the buzzer is deafening.

    The GU/ Hurst games are always lower-scoring at the MAC. Maybe it's the configuration, but I think that Mercyhurst is better able to dictate the Manchel style of play at the MAC.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    That gym makes me claustrophobic. Maybe it does the same to the players.

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    Originally posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    Cal is also down Barrett this season. But you're absolutely right, it's downright crazy and makes no sense at all. Makes it kind of exciting though to see what happens next.

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    2011-12 season edinboro women’s team was 24-0 and ranked number two in the country. They went to mercyhurst and lost. Mercyhurst was a. 500 team. Mercyhurst seems to be a place for big upsets. IUP beware!!!

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  • IUP CRIMSON HAWKS
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    Irish Tom has a challenge Wednesday night. Seton Hill Ladies are a nice team.
    Yeah, you don't want to look the gift horse of Cal losing to SH in the mouth. IUP WBB need to keep winning and get that PSAC tourney at the KCAC.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Irish Tom has a challenge Wednesday night. Seton Hill Ladies are a nice team.
    Last edited by IUPbigINDIANS; 01-22-2018, 04:41 PM.

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  • IUP CRIMSON HAWKS
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    Originally posted by Golden89 View Post
    But even without one of their better players, how could Cal have lost to Mercyhurst. Maria Lapertosa did not play for the Lakers either. Mercyhurst looked awful in a 29-point loss to a decent-at-best Gannon squad (who was down by 32 at the half at home to Boro the previous week).
    Cal is also down Barrett this season. But you're absolutely right, it's downright crazy and makes no sense at all. Makes it kind of exciting though to see what happens next.

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