A record 7,493 fans turned out to GCU Arena in Phoenix on Saturday to watch Grand Canyon's basketball team host the No. 14 Louisville Cardinals, coached by two-time NCAA champion Rick Pitino.
Behind a deafening crowd led by the "Havocs" student section, the Antelopes hung tough with Louisville, who won the 2013 national championship, for a full 40 minutes.
It's fair to say GCU's performance, along with the enthusiasm from the fans, caught Pitino's attention.
"I don't know a whole lot about Grand Canyon except for us doing (coach Dan Majerle) a favor in coming out here, and I probably would've lost my job if I lost ... but you've got something special here. Really special," Pitino said after his Cardinals escaped with a 79-70 win.
"When you have this type of enthusiasm, it made us a much better team tonight. Much better. Whether we go to Duke, Kentucky -- nothing was as tough as that environment tonight."