SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips was set to enjoy his "big ESPN moment" when the final buzzer sounded ensuring the Bison's second trip to the NCAA tournament.
About to hug his wife after the "hero shot," Phillips noticed two of their kids darting in yellow-and-green overalls toward the midcourt mayhem. He was about to make a run for daughter Jordan, 10, and son Charlie, 8, but they disappeared in the scrum.
"I wasn't about to go just sort of ripping people off," Phillips said. "I had to trust that the gentle fans of North Dakota State would take mercy on their souls. I don't know what it looked like on film."