1. JEROME WHITEHEAD'S Dunk Against UNC-Charlotte (MU 51-UNCC 49), March 25, 1977 - Without a doubt Jerome Whitehead's last second game winning shot was the most important field goal in the history of Marquette basketball. The Warriors were playing UNCC in the NCAA Tournament semi-final game in Atlanta. After leading for most of the game, the Warriors fell behind 47-44 with 1:41 remaining in the game. Butch Lee then hit two long jump shots from the key and Gary Rosenberger made a free throw to give the Warriors a 49-47 lead.When Charlotte center Cedric Maxwell answered with a ten-foot jump shot to tie the score with 3 seconds left, Marquette called a time-out. Al McGuire walked out onto the floor to check the height of the overhanging scoreboard, he instructed Butch Lee to throw a long pass in the direction of Bo Ellis or Jerome Whitehead. When play resumed, Lee threw the ball down court and both Ellis and Maxwell jumped for it. Somehow, the ball slipped through their grasp and into Whitehead's hands. Whitehead went to the basket for a dunk, but Maxwell tried to block him. The ball hit off the backboard and back into the cylinder areas as the ball went in. When the buzzer went off, everyone on the court looked to the officials. Was the shot good? Was there goaltending on Maxwell? On Whitehead? Was there a foul on Maxwell? On Whitehead? McGuire and Charlotte coach Lee Rose joined in a heated and animated discussion with official Paul Gaven, and the official scorer, Larry Carter, at the scorer's table. Gaven asked Carter where the ball was when the buzzer sounded. "In the basket," said Carter. At that moment McGuire raised his fist and hugged Butch Lee and the Marquette section went wild. The last second shot capped the greatest game in Whitehead's career. Against Charlotte he scored 21 points and had 16 rebounds.
2. GLENN RIVERS' 45 Foot Bank Shot Against Notre Dame (MU 54-ND 52), January 10, 1981 - Notre Dame, 8-1, came into the game ranked #5 in the country and were heavy favorites to win. I was a junior at Marquette and worked in the Sports Information Department. That Sunday, I was the statistician for a young Bob Costas on the NBC telecast.In their last game, Marquette, 8-3, had played horribly in losing to South Mississippi at the Arena. Against Notre Dame, MU stayed close because Dean Marquardt played the game of his life. Marquardt was 6 for 6 from the field and several of his shots were fifteen footers. The Irish defense had sagged off Marquardt, so they could double up on Glenn Rivers and Oliver Lee.When Dean hit his fifth straight shot, Irish coach Digger Phelps jumped up and looked at his assistant coaches on the bench and shouted, "Who the hell scouted this team? You said he couldn't shoot!" With 3:29 left in the game, the Warriors' Oliver Lee hit a jump-shot to tie the game at Notre Dame then went into a four corner delay. The Warriors played a sagging man-to-man defense to prevent a lay-up.With four seconds left, the score was 52-52 and freshman guard Glenn Rivers and his teammate Michael Wilson tied up Irish guard Tracy Jackson and a jump ball was called. Jackson won the tip and batted it over to teammate Orlando Woolridge but he tripped and the ball went out of bounds in front of the Notre Dame bench. Marquette called time-out. Phelps surveyed the court and looked up at the clock. He smiled at assistant coach Gary Brokaw and told his team, "No fouls, let's play for OT."When the time-out was over, Wilson and Rivers went to the backcourt. Marquardt, Lee and Terrell Schlundt were positioned down near Marquette's basket. As Wilson inbounded, he was looking for Lee coming off of a Marquardt screen, but Lee was not open. Seeing that no one was open, Rivers, who was 15 feet in front of Wilson, near the Irish free-throw line, made a fake and then took off down the left sideline. Wilson saw him cut and threw a chest pass to him. Just over half court, Rivers caught the ball and in one motion he arched a one handed push shot toward the basket. The 45-foot shot banked in off the backboard. Simultaneously, 11,052 fans jumped up. The student section ran out on the floor. During the ten-minute celebration, Michael Wilson stood on the rim and sat on top of the backboard. He loosened his shoe and took off his lucky yellow sock and threw it down on the cheering crowd.Rivers said in a post-game interview that when he was younger he would go down to the playground and dream about beating Notre Dame with a last second shot. "When I saw it was going to hit the backboard, I knew it was going in," Rivers said.When the shot went in, Bob Costas jumped up from his seat and told me to run out onto the court to get Hank Raymonds who was on the floor as thousands of students rushed to the court. I saw Costas in 1996 when he hosted the Wisconsin Hall of Fame Dinner at the Arena. He said that he remembered interviewing Hank after that game and Hank had tears rolling down his cheeks.
3. MAURICE LUCAS' 23 Foot Turn-Around Jump Shot Against Wisconsin (MU 59-WI 58), February 6, 1974Wisconsin had lost eight straight games to the Warriors including a 49-48 overtime loss in the Milwaukee Classic earlier in the season. With 6:38 remaining, the Badgers were leading by 9 points. At the 4:48 mark, they still had a 52-45 lead but 3 straight turnovers enabled the Warriors to cut it to 52-51. Wisconsin increased its lead to 58-55 with 1:25 to go and could have put the game away but Kim Hughes missed the front end of a bonus free throw. Warrior forward Bo Ellis made a jumper and it was 58-57 with 44 seconds left. The Badgers ran the clock down to 17 seconds before Lloyd Walton intentionally fouled Kim Hughes.Coach Al McGuire called his last time-out to ice Hughes. It worked, as Hughes missed both free throws. As the clock ticked down, guard Dave Delsman got caught in a crowd in the left corner, went up and shoveled the ball out to Lucas. Lucas fumbled it for an instant and then made a 23-foot turnaround jump shot as time ran out. McGuire celebrated the win by jumping on top of the scorer's table. The victory gave the Warriors an 18-2 record. Marquette went on to play in the NCAA championship game, losing to North Carolina 76-64.The father of Kim and Kery Hughes gave McGuire a gesture that was captured by a Milwaukee Journal photographer. I guess back then, the Badger-MU game was more important to the Badgers than it is now.
4. BRIAN WARDLE At Louisville (MU 71-Louisville 70), January 3, 1998After fighting back from a 14-point deficit with ten minutes to go on the road, Brian Wardle's three-point shot at the buzzer beat Louisville in one of the most exciting regular season road games in Marquette history.After several questionable calls that went against Marquette and after two Louisville missed free throws, Jarrod Lovette grabbed a rebound, gave the ball to Marcus West, who pushed the ball up quickly over the floor. While radio announcer George Thompson screamed to get the ball in Aaron Hutchins' hands, West threw the ball over to Lovette at the top of the key with less than three seconds to go. Lovette turned to find Wardle in three-point land on the left side, who swished the shot at the buzzer.In a scene reminiscent of Al McGuire at Memphis State in 1971, Mike Deane, his team overcoming the "home town" refereeing and the taunts by the home crowd, ran to mid- court defiantly gloating in the Marquette win.As Deane left the court with security escorts, a Louisville fan in her 60s leaned over the railing and screamed to Deane, "I hope your plane goes down on the way home." As a statewide television audience watched, assistant coach Mark Bedlingmeier responded with a quick retort of his own.
5. GEORGE "SUGAR" FRAZIER'S 28 Footer Top Key Shot At Memphis State (MU 74-Memphis 73), December 7, 1971 - On the thirty-year anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Marquette was rated number two in the polls behind UCLA when they played Memphis State in Tennessee. With 48 seconds left and the Warriors trailing by 3 points (73-70), Warrior center Jim Chones fouled out, putting Memphis State's Holcumb on the line for a bonus. Holcumb, who was the Tiger's best free-throw shooter, could have put the game away with two free throws. Just as he was given the ball to shoot, teammate Bob Foxworth decided to change his position and stepped into the lane. The lane violation gave the ball back to Marquette and Marcus Washington hit a jumper to make it 73-72.Washington then stole the in-bound pass and goat the ball to Larry McNeill who missed a short jump shot and a tip. Foxworth rebounded the ball and was fouled by George Frazier with 11 seconds left. After a McGuire time-out, Foxworth missed the bonus free throw. Bob Lackey got the rebound and dribbled up the court. Since the middle was clogged he passed to Frazier, who was five feet behind the ABA (Memphis Tams) three-point line (23'9"). The crowd of 11,210 was in a frenzy anticipating the biggest upset in Memphis State basketball history.When Frazier tried looked up at the clock, he was dribbling backwards between the circles trying to get the ball inside. Frazier could not see the clock on the lower level because fans stood in front of it. Finally, with one-second left, Frazier looked at McGuire who frantically pointed to the basket for him to shoot, he killed his dribble, twisted his body over the defender and threw up the shot. It swished just as the buzzer sounded. The arena became hushed as the Warriors ran onto the court. Al McGuire triumphantly strode off the court, with a clenched fist over his head yelling to the crowd, "Take that! Take that!"In 1982, the Warriors played Keith Lee and the Tigers at Memphis State. Eleven years later, the Memphis fans still screamed for revenge for the 1971 game. MU's guard Michael Wilson, a Memphis native, took down a backboard with a dunk in the first half. Marquette lost 77-70.
6. LLOYD WALTON'S 22 Foot Fallaway Jump Shot At Detroit, February 8, 1976 Marquette was 18-1 and ranked number two in the polls behind Indiana when they played Detroit. After falling behind 37-31 at the half, the Warriors finally tied the game at 66 with 1:15 left. Detroit missed a lay-up. Marquette went into a stall. At the :12 mark, McGuire called a time-out. In the huddle he told the team, "Cut the time to four seconds and give the ball to Lloyd Walton." Butch Lee caught the inbounds pass, worked the clock and passed to Walton. Lloyd dribbled past two defenders to put up a 22-foot fall away from the left baseline as the buzzer went off. The 68-66 victory was the thirteenth straight win for the Warriors. The 1975-76 team added nine more wins to the streak before losing to Indiana in the finals of the Mideast Regional.
7. DWAYNE JOHNSON'S 16 Foot Shot At Missouri at end of regulation (MU 60-Miss 59 OT), January 23, 1983 - Missouri was ranked #11 in the country and had eliminated the Warriors the year before in the NCAA tournament. In that game, several key calls went the Tiger's way, so the Warriors felt that they had a score to settle. For coach Raymonds, in his last year of coaching, the game was very special. Raymonds grew up in the St. Louis area and many of his family and friends were at the game. The game was close because Marquette's box and one defense shut down the Tiger's Jon Sunvold.With 15 seconds left, and Missouri leading 52-49, Terrell Schlundt fouled out. The Tiger's Mark Dressler made one of two free throws to make the score 53-49. After Terry Reason's basket made it 53-51, Marquette called a time-out. There were eight seconds left. Reason then fouled Dressler, who missed the free throw. Mandy Johnson retrieved the ball and got it to the half court where he hit Dwayne Johnson. DJ took two dribbles before swishing an 18-foot shot at the buzzer to tie the game at 53. In overtime, Mandy Johnson made four crucial free throws and MU held on to wins 60-59. At the end of the game, Raymonds, his wife, two daughters and 79-year-old mother ran out onto the court to join the players in celebration.
8. AARON HUTCHINS Step-Back 3pter At Louisville 2OT (MU 80–Louisville 79), February 28, 1996A game that began one of the best three week runs in Marquette hoops history, Aaron Hutchins receives an in-bounds pass after two Louisville-made free throws. Hutchins quickly dribbles the ball up into the front court, fakes a drive, steps back and launches a long three point jumper to give Marquette the 80-79 win.ESPN called this game the best game of the 1995-96 regular season. During the game, even the animated Mike Deane had to sit down because the stress had become too much. Hutchins hit the shot with three seconds to go. Louisville in-bounded but could not score.Two days later, Marquette went on to beat Cincinnati at home and the following Friday beat Conference USA Tournament host, Memphis to stop the Tigers 45 game home winning streak.
9. PAT FOLEY Launches a 3-Point Shot from the Right Side of the Key at the End of Regulation at Western Michigan (MU 78-Western MI 76 OT), January 13, 1987Pat Foley launched a three point shot from the right side of the key to tie the game and force overtime against Western Michigan on the road. Not only was it Foley's first and only points of the game, it was his first three point attempt of the year.With 30 seconds to go, Marquette was trailing 67-66 and working for the last shot. Michael "Pops" Sims pass was intercepted by the Broncos' Randy Bolden with 30 seconds remaining. Bolden raced down court and as he dunked the ball, Pat Foley knocked him hard to the floor. Luckily for Marquette, the ball went in the basket, making the score 69-66, because Bolden would only get a pair of free throws rather than a pair of free throws and the ball out of bounds. Bolden, still shaken by the hard fall, missed both free throws.Marquette, now down by three, tried to work the ball around to Mike Florey. "Pops" Sims was double-teamed and out of desperation threw the ball to Foley with two seconds to go. Foley squared up and hit the shot. Marquette won 78-76 in overtime.
10. WALTER DOWNING'S Lane Jump Shot at the End of Regulation Against Utica (MU 55—Utica 53 OT), January 16, 1985On this night, Rick Majerus' highly favored Warriors struggle against Utica, coached by former Bucks head coach Larry Costello. At the end of regulation, with Utica holding a 49-47 lead, Marquette's Kerry Trotter grabbed the rebound and Marquette brought the ball down court. They were trying to pass inside to Walter Downing with 5 seconds to go but the ball was tipped away. After a scramble in the lane, Downing finally got hold of the ball and banked it in at the buzzer, sparing the Warriors the embarrassment of losing to Utica at home. Marquette later went on to win in overtime with a jump shot by Tom Copa.
11. BRIAN WARDLE'S 3 Point Shot [left key]at end of regulation against Auburn[NIT at Bradley Center], March 16,1998.MU was down by 7 points late in the game and came back with a flurry of shots. Down by 3 with less than 5 seconds , PG Aaron Hutchins in transition, hits Brian Wardle at the left side of key. Wardle stops and pops and hits the three as time runs out. It was an identical shot from the left side that Wardle hit at Louisville two months earlier.
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