Joe Girard III had made only one of his first four free throws, but when he stepped to the line Sunday night for number five, there was no doubt. Swish. That gave him 4,000 in his high school basketball career for Glens Falls.
Everybody in the building was relieved: Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara patted Girard III’s father on the thigh. Dozens of fans left the venue. Just as he’d become New York’s all-time leading scorer on a free throw, he did the same for a new monumental mark.
“It seems like it happens on a free throw all the time,” Girard III said. “It happened in the Civic Center a bunch of times, too. It’s fun how the world works and how God works it out.”
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