Wagner vs. Pittsburgh: Hurley Brothers Put a Hurting on Panthers

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterDecember 23, 2011

Photo credit: ESPN
Photo credit: ESPN

The Pittsburgh Panthers did something they had never done before on Friday night.

Which, in this case, is not a good thing.

In case you missed it, 13th-ranked Pitt lost a thriller to the mighty Wagner Seahawks on Friday night. Wagner got hot and took a lead into the half, and it kept up the pressure in the second half to come away with a 59-54 victory in front of a stunned crowd at the Petersen Events Center.

The perfect 70-0 mark Pitt came into the game with against foes from the Northeast Conference is gone. In its place is a 70-1 mark, which will no doubt make the Wagner faithful (all 2,400 of them) feel like celebrating.

How could this happen, you ask?

Well, it helps that the Seahawks have two guys at the helm who know all about winning. They are coached by Dan Hurley, who is flanked by assistant coach Bobby Hurley.

Yeah, they're brothers, and my guess is you remember Bobby quite well.

If not, he played the point at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski in the late 1980s and early '90s. He led the Blue Devils to back-to-back championships in 1991 and 1992, and his No. 11 jersey was swiftly retired in 1993.

Hurley was the seventh overall pick of the Sacramento Kings in 1993, and played in the NBA until 1998. His career was marred by a nasty car crash in his rookie season.

As for Dan, he played ball at Seton Hall, and that was the extent of his playing career. Coaching has proven to be his true calling, and he gets that from his dad, Bob Hurley, one of the greatest high school basketball coaches in history.

And yes, Bob is Bobby's father too.

The point of this little history lesson?

Simply put, it's that Friday night's monumental upset isn't necessarily a fluke. Wagner has two legit coaches, so it always was a matter of time before the Seahawks pulled off a legit win.

Heck, they even managed to hold their own against UConn earlier this season.

Rest assured, we haven't seen the last of Wagner. If it can hang with and even beat the best teams the country has to offer, then surely it can make a run at the Big Dance. When the Seahawks get there, there will be plenty of big-name dragons for them to slay.

With the Brothers Hurley at the helm, nothing can be ruled out.


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