With the shot clock off and the score tied at 68, you couldn’t have wished for anything better. CJ had the ball and as Coach Reed would later say, "We had the ball in our best player’s hands……………he was in a good rhythm and is a good one-on-one player……..yet it would have been nice if he could have gotten a bit deeper into the defense." But, it wasn’t to be. CJ’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with less than four seconds remaining clanged off the back of the rim. In what must have been a scramble to recover the rebound, Micahel Ojo was whistled for climbing the back of a Monmouth’s senior point guard, James Hett, and was charged with a foul at the 1.1 second mark. Hett walked to the opposite end of the court and not so comply sank his second of two shots giving Monmouth a one point win. I have to see a video replay of those final seconds and until I do I’ll always wonder why CJ did what he did………launch a three and pass up a chance to drive the lane in search of a two point bucket or at least a foul called on a Monmouth defender. After all, CJ hadn’t hit a three all night – in fact, not all year. Oh for 7 vs. an eye-popping 14 of 15 from the free throw line. It just doesn’t make sense. Why shoot the three?
Don’t get me wrong, CJ is special. He’s also human. If, in fact, he chose the wrong shot at the end of the Monmouth game, he learned a valuable lesson. I guarantee you, his sights are now set on the Big Red of Cornell, wishing the game were tonight and not tomorrow. This guy is good….real good. We’re the lucky ones. We’re getting to watch perhaps the greatest basketball player in Lehigh history.