Secret scrimmage? Navy basketball social media accounts forced to narrate thrilling OT win

Technical difficulties force Navy’s social media team into action

Navy spoiled American’s season opener in a thrilling 87-86 overtime win on Saturday — or, at least we assume it was thrilling.

Late in the game, the live broadcast of the game, which was being carried on ESPN+, suddenly experienced technical difficulties. Usually, this isn’t such a big deal, but consider the circumstances of the game:

American was leading 73-72 with 8.5 seconds to play, and Stacy Beckton Jr. was heading to the line to add to what was already a career day. This was also American’s very first game of the 2020-21 season, after the Eagles opted not to participate in nonconference play.

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Here’s a look at when everything went dark in Annapolis:

In these sorts of situations, one can generally rely on the host school to update the live stats and box scores, though. However, the StatBroadcast feed also froze, leaving just about everyone in America clueless as to what was happening in the game — even the opponent’s social media team:

Luckily, the hosts’ Twitter accounts (@NavyAthletics, @NavyBasketball) were on top of it and came to our rescue with military speed and precision:

Not only did the game end up going into overtime, but the extra stanza appears to have been very hotly contested! We’ll have to wait a bit longer to see a full replay, but here’s the most important update of all:

Between this and the lights going out in Lafayette last week, we’re not really sure what’s going on in 2021. But you know what? It’s all part of the insane magic of college basketball.

Andy Dieckhoff
Andy Dieckhoff

Heat Check CBB lead analytics writer, editor