After Western Kentucky mounted the largest late-game comeback in NCAA tournament history in the first game of the First Four, it was hard to imagine that BYU and Iona could be as exciting.
It wasn’t. It was about ten times more thrilling.
The Gaels came out of the gate red-hot, scoring 55 points in the first 15-plus minutes of play, along the way building a 25-point lead. Then, the faucet turned off. The Cougars unexpectedly held them to just 17 points the rest of the way and held on for a 78-72 victory.
Noah Hartsock’s three-pointer with 2:24 gave BYU its first lead of the game at 71-70. Iona failed to threaten after that point.
The incredible swing capped a night of monumental momentum shifts, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde double-feature that almost defies explanation.
Once again, it wasn’t the best basketball you’ll ever see. But certainly it was some of the most spellbinding.
And if it’s any indication of the action to come, March Madness will be madder than it’s ever been before. That, of course, would be a good thing.