There's good games, there's bad games, and then there's games where your retinas are scalloped out with a rusty spoon and it takes you two months just to process the carnage of what happened that night.
This was one of those games.
Hell, for Stephen F. Austin, it was one of those tournaments. Going to Eugene and losing all three games, including two to HBCU schools, has to be absolutely devastating. Especially when you do it on a combined 3-for-36 3-point performance in three days.
There's a reason why I wanted to block this game out of my memory. Let's put it that way.
Stephen F. Austin was terrible from the get-go, center Jereal Scott's 16 points excepted. When the team's starting backcourt combines to go for eight points on 4-for-24 shooting in a combined 98 minutes of time on the floor, you're not going to win a game.
Oregon (and its ugly floor) did nothing to make this game any more watchable on the other end. I'm clouded now by visions of the Ducks somehow making the NCAA Tournament, and it seems so long ago that my current school's team was nigh-unwatchable. But they were in this game, with another terrible shooting performance coupled with a nauseating assist-to-turnover ratio that just seemed to be the hallmarks of their nonconference season.
I just remember the atmosphere for this entire tournament being a colossal joke and that nobody was there to take in the games. Somewhere in the second half of this game, one Pit Crew member (the only Pit Crew member, seemingly) was giving me grief over Twitter for not being able to pay attention or look excited for this game. I really wish I could have just walked down to him and handed him the box score, if for nothing else than to wash my hands of this terrible memory.
But hey, at least I got to see @sethhunt105 for a second time. That was cool. I guess it wasn't all bad. His chicken bento smelled good. And it was fun to see a band full of random community members come together and play at a college basketball game. And the first game of the day more than made up for having to sit through this one.
at OREGON 55, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 45 12/22/2011
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 5-7 (0-0) -- A. Bostic 3-10 0-0 6; D. Haymon 1-9 0-0 2; J. Scott 7-13 2-2 16; H. Bateman 3-6 2-3 8; J. Parker 2-4 2-2 7; D. Gardner 0-5 0-0 0; J. King 1-1 0-0 2; J. Bright 1-1 0-0 2; T. Smith 1-3 0-2 2; K. Broussard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 6-9 45. OREGON 9-3 (0-0) -- G. Sim 2-5 4-6 8; D. Joseph 4-7 0-0 10; J. Loyd 2-6 3-4 9; E. Singler 4-11 3-3 12; T. Woods 2-5 1-2 5; O. Ashaolu 3-4 3-6 9; J. Jacob 1-1 0-0 2; C. Emory 0-3 0-2 0; B. Kingma 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-43 14-23 55.
Three-point goals: SFA 1-12 (A. Bostic 0-4; D. Gardner 0-2; D. Haymon 0-4; J. Parker 1-2), ORE 5-18 (D. Joseph 2-4; G. Sim 0-2; E. Singler 1-4; J. Loyd 2-5; C. Emory 0-2; B. Kingma 0-1); Rebounds: SFA 27 (J. Scott 6), ORE 30 (D. Joseph 8); Assists: SFA 10 (A. Bostic 4), ORE 6 (D. Joseph 3); Total Fouls -- SFA 20, ORE 12; Fouled Out: SFA-J. King; ORE-None.