Sunday, lazy Sunday.
A day of rest, let your soul breathe.
When your legs get sore, you must take flight.
On a day when the most senior members of Creighton's basketball team performed in front of their home crowd one final time in the regular season, we're reminded of what it is to endure life for a length of time with a central goal in mind, a means to an end. To some, it's a profession in which they seek eventual advancement in their field. To others, it's marriage at the end of a courtship. Regardless, for all that we do, for all the goals we set, it all comes to an end.
Eventually, this article will end and you'll carry on with your day to continue pursuing your end. This article itself is fleeting. It won't change your life and you'll probably forget about it immediately after reading it.
James Milliken and Geoffrey Groselle have experienced the electricity of a regular season home crowd for the final time in their basketball careers. They'll never forget the time they spent here in Omaha, because it's an unforgettable city with a great deal of support from its citizens.
Groselle has been through it all. He's the only active player on Creighton's hoop squad to be present in the last year of the Missouri Valley. He saw this team through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. He's battled injuries that left him sidelined for a majority of his career. He experienced a Renaissance season with Creighton this year, landing in the top five in FG% in all of college basketball. When I went to Creighton's media day, I talked with Geoffrey about Game of Thrones. He's a big fan, and has no idea if Jon Snow is actually dead.
James Milliken came on board last year and made an impact after Isaiah Zierden went down with an injury. He started off this year on the bench as McDermott went with freshman Khyri Thomas instead. Milliken's demeanor never wavered, and he became a sparkplug off the bench. As the season wore on and Thomas's play became rather inconsistent, Milliken got his starting role back in the finishing stretch of the season. He flourished, as usual, with his defense picking up a great deal. When I spoke to Milliken at the Creighton media day he gave me a detailed explanation of the flow of the offense and what it meant to be a part of it.
The two seniors, for a good portion of the game, ruled on offense. St. John's had no answer for Groselle in the post, so the Bluejays kept feeding it to him. Groselle checked out at about the 7 minute mark, 30 seconds after Milliken. Groselle finished with 22 points on 8-9 shooting, including 11 rebounds. Milliken was also prolific on the offensive side, except he managed to score from beyond the 3-point line. Milliken scored 19 points, 7-10 from the field and 4-5 from three.
Both seniors dunked the ball.