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That’s about when Toomey picked up his second foul, though, and the point guard spent the rest of the half on the bench next to Hixon. Without their leading scorer, the Lord Jeffs’ offense became stagnant, and Mary Hardin-Baylor crept back into the game.

Orr did most of the damage with 10 first-half points, including a thunderous dunk to finish off a fast break that left the rim, backboard and stanchion shaking back and forth.

Amherst led 38-30 at halftime, despite Toomey scoring three points on 1-for-5 shooting.

There was a brief interruption in play early in the second half when a bank of lights inside Philips Arena went out, and some fans started to yell, “Super Bowl!” _ a reference, of course, to when the lights when out at the Superdome in New Orleans this past season.

“I figured right when they went out, people would notice and we’d stop and they’d stop the game, do something,” Toomey said. “It was kind of weird.”

The officials huddled at the first dead ball and, after speaking with arena officials and both head coaches, decided to press on with the second half in a slightly dimmer setting.

“They didn’t think they were going to get them back on,” Hixon said.

Mary Hardin-Baylor was undisturbed, closing within 43-39 on a basket by Brian Todd and a 3-pointer by the senior guard on the very next possession. But the Lord Jeffs settled down behind their brilliant backcourt, and they responded by slowly stretching their lead.

Highlighted by Williamson’s dunk, they used a 12-4 run to regain control, and a jumper by Williamson a few minutes later gave Amherst a 62-49 lead with 8 minutes to go.

The lights finally came back on in the closing minutes, just in time to shine brightly on the guys from Amherst, who lost two of three during a miserable stretch in December.

At that point in the season, the seniors met with Hixon for a regrouping session, and the Lord Jeffs were rarely challenged their next 24 games, capping off arguably the most remarkable season in school history by cutting down the nets in Atlanta.

“This is what you dream about when you’re a little kid, out in the driveway,” Toomey said later, the net hanging around his neck. “It was special to play out there today.”