Former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison called on radio station Jalen Suggs: “I’m glad I didn’t.”
Outside of Jalen Suggs himself, perhaps no one was happy when Gonzaga’s first guard against UCLA scored 3 points more than Adam Morrison.
Former Bulldogs star Tom Hudson, who has worked as a radio analyst for the past four seasons with the play-by-play man, One of the best reactions to Suggs ’Final Four buzzer beating Saturday night, a great mix of shock, excitement and retirement.
Here’s how Hudson and Morrison called the sequence real-time:
In the 2005-06 season, Morrison was one of the best college basketball players, averaging 28.1 points per game, for a Gonzaga team that had a desire for the tournament. That campaign ended in a painful loss as the Bulldogs fell into the hands of the Bruins in Sweet 16. In one of the defining images of that NCAA TournamentMorrison could be seen crying on the floor after realizing that his college career was over.
Knowing that Gonzaga would defeat UCLA when he played for the national title made the victory much sweeter for the fans.
“[The radio call] it was pure excitement and joy. ” Morrison told Richard Deitsch of Athletic. “I was screaming at the time, but I was trying to be aware to let Huddy describe it, so I can’t scream at her. People who know me sent me a message, ‘How did you not say holy f …?’ “Huddy did a great job keeping her thoughts on my screams so she wouldn’t be interrupted. I think that’s why a lot of people liked her. She described it – and I scream with joy, of course.
“He’s excited to call games for a specific team because you’re in love with the kids and you’re rooting for them. There’s a history against UCLA and that has something to do with our fans. You get all that in a 20 or 30 second clip. Pure joy. Jalen made that shot and we are lucky to be called to our liking by the people. We are both happy about that, we want a great result for our fans at the end of the day. I am happy because I am not. “
Hudson admitted it was “hard to get back on the ground” for the post-game show. Fortunately for the radio team, the national championship match between Gonzaga and Baylor was scheduled for Monday night to give Hudson and Morrison some time to recover.
“When you get out of the air and start filling things out, then you run out of a little fatigue. It’s an emotional thing,” Hudson told Deitsch. “We do an hour-long pre-session and then we call the game and along with the post-game, it’s also a normal game where you’re emotionally drained. With that game, you’re empty.”
Let’s hope Hudson and Morrison call it an exciting competition before the end of the season. Also, don’t worry, friends.