When Murray State upset 4 seeded Vanderbilt in the first round, the camera panned to a teary-eyed Murray State band member celebrating the Racers' one shining moment. That student was Adam Decker - and his face is exactly what March is all about. Decker's 3 seconds of face time is a lock for the "One Shining Moment" montage and inspired a new Facebook fan page, "Adam Decker Crying on National Television."
Saturday, Decker brought his headband and box of victory tissues to the second round of the big dance, but his Racers came up just short of living the dream for another round. Murray State fell to Butler 54-52 in a heartbreaker.
Decker's Racers staged a late comeback to tie the game before Butler's Ronald Nored converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 25 seconds left. A Murray State basket and Butler free throw later, the Racers had the ball in hand with a chance to tie or win the game with a three. Freshman Isaiah Canaan controlled the ball, looking for his opportunity to win the game, but threw the ball away as time expired.
As the game ended, the CBS camera panned over to Adam Decker and the Racer band, just as it had done the game before. But this time, Murray State's superfan shed a different kind of tear. His team had a second upset and Cinderella story in their grasp, but came up just short in the end.
Meanwhile, Butler advances to the Sweet 16 looking for its own Cinderella story. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Syracuse-Gonzaga game.
Go Bulldogs. And Go Racers.
Adam Decker's Dream Dies in the Second Round
Posted on: March 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2010 2:36 pm