It seemed as if an entire state tuned in to the Shootout finals last Saturday night against Cincinnati, and the fans were reminded that you can't spell Alaska without Alas. There would be no Disney ending to this script as the Bearcats (page 115) found no place in their hearts for sentiment Against a swarming defense, Duke fell behind by 19 points in the first half before rallying to take a four-point lead with six minutes left. Finally, with the score tied 75-75 and three seconds remaining, Cincinnati threw a baseball pass the length of the court. Kenyon Martin caught the ball and shoveled it to Melvin Levett, who left Langdon flat-footed as he cut past him for the game-winning dunk for a 77-75 win. "Obviously this was a very disappointing night," said Langdon, who scored 13 points. "Growing up, my dream was always to win the Shootout with a last-second shot, not lose it that way."
The final score hardly seemed to matter to Demetrius Johnson. As Langdon left the court, Demetrius watched him, as awestruck as if he had just witnessed the return of a Roman emperor or a Zulu chieftain. Or the basketball king of Icebergia.