The Ball is Tipped, PVM Style!

April 8, 2016

Thanks to a very special arrangement, Purdue Veterinary Medicine hosted its own version of March Madness last month in one of the nation's most iconic basketball venues: Mackey Arena. The PVM basketball game was held the night of March 22, and featured a great turnout that including a number of "fans." After a stirring rendition of the National Anthem, sung by PVM Admissions Process Manager Lori Stout, the teams took the floor. Complete with an operating scoreboard, refs dressed in official garb, and full-court competition, the game pitted the Veterinary Technology and DVM Classes of 2016 and 2017 against a faculty/staff team that had strength in numbers if not talent. 

The contest was intense throughout the hour-long event, with the students building ten point leads in each half, and the faculty/staff team battling back each time. At half-time, the score was 19-15. In the second half, the faculty/staff team finally took the lead for the first time with just three minutes to go. But a basket by the students just before the two-minute mark put them ahead 36-35. That shot proved to be the game winner, as the students maintained their one point lead to the end, helped by effective use of the "stall tactic" (long-since banned in college and professional basketball), because they recognized that the shot clock was not being used to limit time of possession. But who can blame the students for using the problem solving skills they learned from faculty in A&I, to realize that the stall tactic was available to them, and to use it to win the game.

At the end of the contest, according to PVM sports authority Dr. Steve Thompson,clinical associate professor of small animal community practice, the students were able to improve their record against the faculty/staff to 4-1 (but he emphasizes three of those losses were only by one point!). Regardless, everyone had a great time, and special thanks goes to Brittany Bertsch, of the DVM Class of 2016, for arranging for the game to be played in Mackey. Congratulations to all involved!

Tip-off at the center of Keady Court in Mackey Arena signals the start of PVM’s March Madness classic.

Tip-off at the center of Keady Court in Mackey Arena signals the start of PVM's March Madness classic.

The victorious PVM student team

The victorious PVM student team.

The vanquished PVM faculty/staff team, which included some of the faculty and staff members' kids (who actually were the ones responsible for keeping the score so close at the end).

The vanquished PVM faculty/staff team, which included some of the faculty and staff members' kids (who actually were the ones responsible for keeping the score so close at the end).

Nick Thompson (Dr. Thompson's 'baby boy') skies over student defenders to score for the faculty/staff team.

Nick Thompson (Dr. Thompson’s "baby boy") skies over student defenders to score for the faculty/staff team.

Shea Rolf of the DVM Class of 2017 drives to the hoop for the PVM student team, with Becca Gwin, daughter of VTH Pharmacy Director Wil Gwin, defending, encouraged by her teammate, Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine Jonathan Townsend (back right).

Shea Rolf of the DVM Class of 2017 drives to the hoop for the PVM student team, with Becca Gwin, daughter of VTH Pharmacy Director Wil Gwin, defending, encouraged by her teammate, Assistant Professor of Dairy Production Medicine Jonathan Townsend (back right).

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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