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Welcome to the Rowdy, Rowdy ROC

ROC Section BYU Mens Basketball vs. Virginia Tech in the NIT
Photography by Mark A. Philbrick (BA ’75)

“The Marriott Center is absolutely lit. Noise levels off the chart. Goes to show what a lower bowl of passionate fans can do,” tweeted @byuROC during the men’s basketball National Invitational Tournament (NIT) matchup against Virginia Tech.

The nail-biter victory—second in BYU’s run to the NIT’s final four at the Madison Square Garden—came with a powerful assist from the Roar of Cougars (ROC), BYU’s boisterous student section. The ROC’s contribution down the stretch was acknowledged by just about everyone: ESPN announcers marveled at “the sea of white that is the ROC”; the students reveled in the Hokies’ 10 of 18 free-throw shooting in the second half, when facing the ROC; football coach Kalani F. Sitake (BA ’00) joined in the fun after halftime (right, wearing blue baseball shirt); and basketball coach Dave Rose applauded the ROC before exiting the court following the 80–77 finish.