Kevin Schnepf, Published December 14 2008
Pundits applaud ‘Woody’Des Moines, Iowa
Jimmy Dykes, an ESPN college basketball analyst, gave Ben Woodside a phone call Saturday morning – less than 12 hours after he poured in his amazing 60 points Friday night.
Seth Davis, a CBS college basketball analyst, called Woodside a viable player of the year candidate during halftime of the Memphis-Georgetown game.
Fran Fraschilla, yet another ESPN guru, informed the nation of Woodside’s heroics during the telecast of the UMass-Kansas game.
“Way to go Woody,” Fraschilla said. “Unbelievable performance.”
Drake University’s Knapp Center – where Woodside scored 60 in a 112-111 triple-overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin – was still buzzing Saturday.
“I have never, ever seen anything like that before,” said Drake radio analyst Dolph Pulliam, who played for the 1969 Drake team that reached the Final Four.
Woodside became the first Division I player in eight years to reach 60 points. Eddie House, now with the Boston Celtics, last did it when he scored 61 in a two-overtime game for Arizona State. It was the 21st highest single-game scoring output against a Division I opponent.
The performance – and the game – was amazing for a number of reasons.
Not only did Woodside set a single-game scoring record for NDSU, the Summit League and the Knapp Center, he sparked a comeback that started when the Bison were trailing by 19 points with nine minutes remaining in regulation.
At that point, Woodside had only 11 points – far short of his Bison high of 39 points or his Albert Lea (Minn.) High School high of 41 points.
What that means is Woodside scored 49 points in less than 24 minutes – 22 in the final nine minutes of regulation, 7 in the first overtime, 9 in the second overtime and 11 in the third overtime.
Bison center Lucas Moormann, who had a season-high 10 points Friday night, had to watch nearly all of the three overtimes from the bench – after fouling out early in the first overtime. He watched in amazement.
“He’s the best player I’ve ever played with, and that’s saying quite a bit considering we have two other great players,” Moormann said, referring to Brett Winkelman and Mike Nelson. “Once you think you’ve seen it all from him … then he does this.”
What the 5-foot-11 Woodside did was dissect four different Stephen F. Austin guards.
To be fair, the first one – 5-3 Eric Bell – had to sit most of the second half with a re-occurring concussion. Junior Girod Adams fouled out with 1:15 left of the first overtime when he bumped Woodside at midcourt. Sophomore Eddie Williams fouled out with 4:12 left of the third overtime trying to guard Woodside.
That left Stephen F. Austin with 5-8 freshman Jarrod McDaniel on Woodside.
“What an education for a freshman player,” said Stephen F. Austin head coach Danny Kaspar.
Here is a breakdown of Woodside’s performance of the ages:
E First half: 7 points. He was the only Bison to go to the free-throw line, making 1 of 2.
E End of regulation: 33 points, 8 of 20 field goals, 15 of 18 free throws.
With the Bison trailing 73-63 with less than four minutes remaining, Woodside went wild, zipping a pass inside to Austin Pennick for a layup (73-65), dishing a pass to Brett Winkelman for a 3-pointer (75-68), draining his own 3-pointer (75-71), sinking two free throws (75-73) before dishing a pass out to Mike Nelson for a 3-pointer, giving the Bison their first lead of the game 76-75.
E End of first overtime: 40 points, 9 of 23 field goals, 20 of 24 free throws. With the Bison trailing 89-86, Woodside penetrated the lane again – but this time into a wall of three defenders. He dumped a pass out to Winkelman, who drained a 3-pointer from in front of the Bison bench.
E End of second overtime: 49 points, 11 of 27 field goals, 25 of 30 free throws. The Bison took a 97-94 lead when Woodside exploded to the basket from the left wing, banking in a layup with his right hand to avoid a block.
E End of third overtime: 60 points, 14 of 32 field goals, 30 of 35 free throws. With 58 seconds left, Woodside banked in a hanging 8-foot floater to give the Bison a 108-107 lead. His three-point play – his final points – gave the Bison a 111-110 lead with 18 seconds left.
What amazed Winkelman is that Woodside had enough energy to make 30 free throws – which tied a single-game record set in 1969 by Louisiana State legend Pete Maravich, a stat flashed across the ESPN scroller all Friday night.
What amazed Stephen F. Austin’s Kaspar is his defense – which was giving up only 49 points per game – had no answer for Woodside.
“All I know is I don’t want to see anything like that again,” Kaspar said.
Don’t worry Mr. Kaspar, none of us will.
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