When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, and the Wichita State Shockers had sealed a trip to the Final Four in Atlanta, it was so loud inside the Fox and Hound Pub & Grille in northeast Wichita that you couldn’t hear yourself think.
At the Fox and Hound, the official site of the WSU Alumni Association watch party, alumni officials estimated there were more than 300 Shocker faithful watching the game.
Outside, there were horns honking and a woman saying, “I can’t believe it.”
There were also reports of fireworks going off across the city.
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“I’m so happy for them,” said Brenda Boyd, an alumna and season ticket holder who was at the watch party with her husband, John Boyd.
“At home, you don’t get to yell with the group,” Boyd said of attending the watch party. “You feed off the energy of the room. It’s more like being at Koch Arena.
“I think this is fantastic.”
Muhilan Dore, who graduated from WSU two years ago with a mechanical engineering degree, said that before Saturday night, he got razzed by his friends about his alma mater not being much of a sports powerhouse.
“Now, we have this,” Dore said.
Contributing: Amy Renee Leiker of The Eagle