Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Did 7-year-old Anna Cate Kennedy cost St. John’s the game against Texas A&M?
The daughter of Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy sat courtside and shrieked as loud as she could every time St. John’s went to the foul line.
Considering the Johnnies took 38 fouls shots (making 22), she did a fair amount of shrieking.
With 2.3 seconds remaining and St. John’s trailing 58-57, Nurideen Lindsey went to the stripe with a chance to tie or win the game.
Anna Cate did her thing, Lindsey missed both foul shots and the the No. 19 Aggies held on for a 58-57 victory in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic.
“The first one I knew was short,” Lindsey said. “But the second one felt pretty good and it came out. The second one felt a lot better than the first one, but like I said, I’ll work to get back to that foul line and get more opportunities like that.”
A&M was just 2-of-3 from the line, and the wide discrepancy in foul shot attempts wasn’t lost on Billy Kennedy.
“I think justice was served at the end,” he said. “We were fortunate. I’ve never been in a situation where it was that big of a discrepancy.
“We did foul, but I thought we’d get more free throws. That’s how the game was called.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.