Tuesday, January 11, 2011

D-League team loses Leemire Goldwire, picks up Maureece Rice

Talk about fate. NBA D-League team the Sioux Falls Skyforce just picked up former GW star Maureece Rice after Leemire Goldwire left for Italy

If you recall, back in the 2006 season GW was ranked #6 in the country. The last game of the season was against Charlotte at the Smith Center, and GW was trying to go undefeated in the A-10. The game was on ESPN and the hype around it was huge, players and fans gathered hours beforehand for a cookout and pep rally.

Fast forward to the end: the game went into overtime. With 5.7 seconds left, GW was down 2.

Maureece Rice missed a three and then GW's Mike Hall and Charlotte's Leemire Goldwire got tangled up, with some pushing and pulling, and apparently Goldwire throwing elbows at Hall. The officials looked at the replay monitor for awhile to see if Goldwire threw a punch, which would mean he'd be kicked out. They ruled he didn't,
Goldwire was called for a technical and Hall was called for a regular foul, giving GW possession.

Charlotte's DeAngelo Alexander (brother of former GW player Xavier) made 1 of 2 foul shots and Hall made both of his, putting the Colonials down 1. Hobbs designed a play for Maureece Rice to shoot, but he passed it to Noel Wilmore, who threw up a three that missed the rim altogether. Carl Elliott jumped up, caught it, and tossed it in as time expired, giving GW the win. Pandemonium ensued (see above).

Pat Forde of ESPN wrote a nice piece on the game. And I took a ton of photos at the game.

Pretty awesome, intense game. And now Goldwire and Rice are back in the news. Weird how things come full circle.

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