North Carolina high school recreates Taylor University’s wonderful ‘Silent Night’ tradition

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Each December on the Friday before final exams, Taylor University students remain eerily quiet until their men's basketball team reaches 10 points, and then erupt in an unmatched celebration that ends in the student body singing "Silent Night" in unison.

The tradition, perhaps college basketball's best, has to be seen to be appreciated, and Cardinal Gibbons High (Raleigh, N.C.) attempted to recreate the magic — for a good cause. The Raleigh News & Observer captured detailed the night's festivities.

Dressed in their holiday best — replete with ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa suits — the Cardinal Gibbons crowd didn't make a peep for the first 4:02, and then cheered nonstop from the moment Justin Reid’s free throws tied the game, 10-10.

The night ended in a 46-34 win over Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.), but that wasn't the best result of the night. The "Silent Night" recreation served as the finale of a Christmas benefit that reportedly raised $33,395 in clothing and toys to benefit a local day care center.

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