CARLISLE -- Dickinson College is receiving national attention for its fans waiting a few extra seconds -- then storming the court to celebrate a win over Marietta College in the first round of the NCAA Division III basketball tournament.
School officials asked the roughly 1500 fans in attendance Saturday to allow both teams to shake hands and have Marietta exit the gym before they rushed onto the court to celebrate.
Dickinson's fans obliged. And they didn't have a problem doing it, either.
"I think its respectful," said fan Robert Spriggs, who's also a defensive back on the Dickinson football team. "I think its very polite to let the (other) guys get off (the court). No one gets hurt and there's no altercations or anything like that."
Many coaches are worried that bad things could happen when fans storm onto the court.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski expressed his concern after his team was upset this season by Virginia. "It's not all fun and games when fans storm the court, especially for the team that lost," he said.
Dickinson is now receiving national acclaim from ESPN and CBSSports.com for waiting before celebrating. The NCAA even sent a congratulatory email to the school for the way the fans behaved.
"We definitely portray a (manner of respect) and I think that's what (students) are taught (even) before coming here," added sophomore guard Chris Cox.
Dickinson beat Marietta 80-65 in the first round of the tournament. The Red Devils had never before won a first round game. The team will face Wooster on Saturday in the second round.
Having the fans wait an extra sixty seconds before storming the court didn't damper the celebration, either.
"To be in the spotlight and in that moment was really the best feeling I've ever had in my basketball career," said junior guard Adam Honig, who scored 32 points in the victory.
A huge win and one small courtesy shows Dickinson's on top of its game -- both on and off the court.