The Sewall Center is perhaps the quietest place on the Robert Morris campus less than 24 hours after the Colonials beat basketball titan Kentucky, but when time ran out on the Wildcats it was bedlam at center court.
Senior forward Russell Johnson was back on the Sewall Center court Wednesday afternoon working on his jump shot as he looks forward to the National Invitational Tournament's second round, but he was still having a tough time explaining his feelings after RMU's victory.
"It feels great to be part of history," Johnson said. "I still don't know what to say or how to feel about it, but it just feels great. I'm very happy, very excited."
Like Johnson, his fellow classmates are having a tough time putting into words how they are feeling after the historic win.
"It's still really hard to put into words how just the atmosphere was in general," RMU student Dante Verme said. "I mean, I think 'special' is probably a good word to use for it."
Leah Moose said, "There was this really nice and bizarre sense of camaraderie felt at that one moment, and I think I'll remember that the rest of my life."
"To be nationally trending on Twitter for 24 hours after the game for 12 hours whatever it is now, it's just amazing," said RMU student John Klocko.
Channel 11's Bill Phillips asked Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole what his message to his team was immediately following the stunning win.
"I just said, 'Congratulations,'" Toole said. "You know, 'You just created a memory you will have for the rest of your life.'"
Robert Morris will face Providence or Charlotte in the NIT second round.