It took 355 days, 28 games, and a whole lot of patience, but the BU men's basketball team is finally victorious once again. YNN's Chris Whalen caught up with fans and players Wednesday to get their thoughts on what the big win will mean moving forward.
VESTAL, NY--It all started on March 5th of last year against Vermont in the America East tournament, the first of what would be 27 straight losses for the Binghamton University men's basketball team.
"It really did sort of bring the overall morale down a little bit just because last year was such a big deal and the year before that they were a really great team," said BU Freshman Tom Sperber.
It ended nearly a year later against the same team that started it. The Bearcats' 57-53 win over the Catamounts Tuesday axed Division I's longest losing streak.
"It is a win, and it is a relief for us since we've been struggling to get a win," said Bearcats' junior guard Jimmy Gray.
"I knew we were going to get one, I knew we've been working hard, I knew it was going to pay off," said Bearcats' sophomore guard Rob Mansell.
A day after, the victory seems to have lightened the mood on campus as well.
"There's a buzz, there's a glow almost, people are upbeat, people are happy, and people are talking about it too," Sperber said.
The Bearcats felt the energy on campus Wednesday as well and are thrilled to have picked up a 'W' for those who've stuck with them all year.
"I had a couple of people come up to me and tell me 'good game,' and it's good to know we still have that support with the situation we've been in," Gray said.
Two regular season games are left for BU, and with a new outlook on campus, fans are hoping Tuesday's win has ushered in the winds of change.
"It's good to hear a little different attitude around, so it'll be good, hopefully they can string a couple more together," said BU freshman Pat Heikkila.
Exactly what the team is hoping for.
"We just want to be consistent with our defense and our effort, I think if we get that down, everything else seems to clicking, I think were in a good spot and hopefully we peak at the right time," Mansell said.
And with every team gaining automatic entrance to the conference tournament, the Bearcats are hoping to be the ultimate Cinderella this March.