“If the opening comes you have to take it,” Eaton said.
Eaton scored a team-high 20 points and three other Cowboys scored in double figures. Moses recorded his seventh career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Terrel Harris scored 15 and James Anderson added 10 — but the Cowboys’ first 6 points in the first half.
“It was a wild moment and (Byron)’s made plays like that all year, now on a national stage where everybody gets to see it,” Moses said.
As the rest of the team and coaching staff ran off the court to celebrate the victory, Eaton remained at the same free throw line where he knocked down the last point of the game. He stood embraced in the arms of assistant coach Chris Ferguson.
“Where he’s come from and he took a lot of criticism over the last four years and to see him come out like this as a senior to make that shot in the NCAA Tournament, first time he’d been in four years, it’s an incredible feeling,” Ferguson said. “I just wanted to let him know how much I cared and loved him.”
Just before leaving the court, Eaton told Ferguson one thing in his excitement.
“’Coach it’s my time, it’s my time,’” Ferguson said. “And he’s right - it is his time. After four years it deserves to be his time.”