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February 27, 2013

Field House finale

Northeastern State to close out an era at Jack Dobbins Field House on Wednesday night.


Saying Goodbye to Dobbins:

Ten memorable moments

1. Feb. 8, 2003, No. 1 goes down. This was Northeastern State’s 13th consecutive win in a national championship year. The Redmen came in ranked second nationally in team field goal percentage (53 percent), made 50 percent of its first-half shots and then connected on its first seven field goals after halftime on the way to a 17 of 32 shooting performance (53.1 percent). It marked the first time all year that an opponent has shot better than 50 percent from the floor against Tarleton, which was leading NCAA Division II for a second straight season in field goal percentage defense. Shon Robinson and Muskogee High ex Darnell Hinson led the Redmen with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

2. Stuffed beyond the rim, March 9,  2002. – Before what’s believed to be the largest-ever crowd at Dobbins, NSU lost its first game in the South Central Regional to Rockhurst in two overtimes, 75-70. Several hundred were turned away by the fire marshal. Chris Edwards was a season best 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

3. Best scoring game, Dec. 8, 1962. Using available records, All-America guard Bobby Edwards set a school scoring mark with 47 points in a 101-79 win over Langston. Richard Dumas broke this with 50 points in a road game in 1968.

4. Dennis Rodman, thrice.  His story at Dobbins was as odd as the man himself. In 1983-84, his first season, he had 24 points and 17 rebounds in a 65-64 NSU overtime win. The following season, he had 18 points and 17 rebounds in a 61-57 loss. His 13-point game in 1985-86 was his lowest regular-season total but Southeastern won that game 57-56. It was in that game, former sports information director Doug Quinn recalls, that Rodman, booed and mocked with plastic worms the entire game, made a head first dive into the crowd. “I remember it was the southwest corner of the gym and it got real quiet when he disappeared into the crowd. When he came back out, there were cheers for him the rest of the game, I think, because people appreciated his hustle.”

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