SCORECARD, DEC. 25, 2006
OF THE 829 wins
in Herb Magee's career, few were stranger than his most recent—which was also
his most historic, since it moved him past Clarence (Big House) Gaines on the
alltime Division II victories list. On paper, last Thursday's game between
Magee's Philadelphia University and Wilmington College looked like a blowout.
Philadelphia was 15--5, Wilmington 0--20. What's more, the game, originally
scheduled at the Wildcats' gym, which holds only 400, was moved to Philadelphia
to accommodate the large crowd expected because of Magee's impending milestone.
In the end 1,266 fans, including many of Magee's former players, saw history
most of the game before the Rams forced overtime and eked out a 65--60 win.
"The players got caught up in the hype," Magee said. "They tried
too hard early." Hype is something Magee (above) has never had much use
for. He has spent his entire 40-year coaching career at Philadelphia, passing
up higher profile jobs because he's content at his alma mater. After the game
he seemed relieved that his pursuit of Gaines—and the notoriety that
accompanied it—had come to an end. He was happiest when he left the gym to
celebrate privately. "It's a great night for me," Magee told the
Philadelphia Daily News. "I get to spend the night with my family, and my
granddaughters get to hang with Pops."