Raphael Jordan, that's him to the right, is a 66 percent free throw shooter, but he was 100 percent when his team had the best shot at ending an unwanted streak.
With .8 seconds remaining in Thursday night's road game against 4-23 Wagner, Jordan was fouled on his way to the hoop. He sunk both to end Bryant's 26-game losing streak to start the season and end the possibility of setting a record.
Had the Bulldogs not won a game this season, they would've ended the year 0-30. Never before had futility like that been reached. Or achieved. (Can you achieve futility?)
"He's played a ton as a freshman, so at this point in the year he should be comfortable," Tim O'Shea told me Friday. "But still, the fact is, this should give him a lot of confidence, because no matter what happens the rest of his career at Bryant, he can say, 'Hey I made a game-winning shot.'"
The streak this season put Bryant on the map — for all the wrong reasons, of course. Now, they fade into the ether. Who knows when we'll hear from this school again. A few years ago, it was a powerhouse in Division II. But it's made the transition to DI. O'Shea spoke with me about the culmination of an entire season coming together Thursday night and how he's pacing himself with process of remolding a program.