Taylor University’s ‘Silent Night’: The ‘Best College Basketball Tradition in America’?

By Michael Morris | December 17, 2015 | 1:16pm EST
Students celebrate after score during Taylor University's 'Silent Night' game. (Screenshot)

One private Christian college’s basketball tradition lives on as students attending a small NAIA school’s game remained deathly silent until their team’s tenth point was scored. It’s called “Silent Night."

The “Silent Night” game at Taylor University – a private Christian college in Upland, Indiana – has been going on now for 19 seasons, and it looks to be a Christmas tradition that will carry on through the ages.

Featured last Friday afternoon by SportsCenter, the Taylor University tradition appears to be catching on, one student even calling “Silent Night” the “best college basketball tradition in America.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the tradition, ESPN’s Sam Strong explains how it works:

“The Taylor students dress up in, well, whatever they feel like and pack the gym. The crowd stays silent until the Trojans score their 10th point. Then ... pandemonium. The game finishes with fans joining together to sing ‘Silent Night.’”

This year’s game took place on December 11, 2015. The Taylor University Trojans took on Ohio – Chillicothe and went on to beat them handily 100-50.

According to the Taylor University Trojans’ website, “The silence did not last long, as TU raced to a 10-1 lead, reaching the 10-point mark on a three from the wing by Evan Crowe that sent the capacity Odle Arena crowd into a frenzy.”

Click here to see some of the game’s shenanigans for yourself.

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