2. GLENN RIVERS' 35 Foot Bank Shot at Arena vs.Notre Dame, January 10, 1981 - MU 54-52.
Notre Dame, 8-1, came into the game ranked #5 in the country and were heavy favorites to win. 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 35-foot shot banked in off the backboard. Simultaneously, 11,052 fans jumped up. The loudest noise I have ever heard at a sporting event.The MU 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.
1. JEROME WHITEHEAD'S dunk in Atlanta against UNC-Charlotte, March 25, 1977 - MU 51-49.
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"Cornbread' 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 at the key. 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 area..then the ball went in. When the buzzer went off, everyone on the court looked to the officials. Was the shot made before the buzzer sounded? 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.
Well - there you have it, the 14 most memorable buzzer beaters in Marquette history according to John Dodds and Andrew Sharos. Still can't understand why Whitehead's shot is never listed when CBS does the best last second shots during the tourney. I guess CBS thinks the Tournament began in 1981 when they began broadcasting games.
Here they are one last time.....
1. WHITEHEAD'S dunk in Final Four vs Charlotte, 3/25/77 - MU 51-49.
2. RIVERS' 35 foot bank shot vs Notre Dame, 1/10/81 - MU 54-52.
3. LUCAS' 23 foot turn-around jump shot at the Arena, 2/6/74 - MU 59-58.
4. WARDLE's 24 foot shot from left key at Louisville, 1/3/98 - MU 71-70.
5. "SUGAR" FRAZIER'S 27 foot shot at Memphis State, 12/7/71 - MU 74-73.
6. WALTON'S 22 footer fallaway from left corner at Detroit, 2/8/76 - MU 68-66.
7. HUTCHINS Step-Back '3' at Louisville, 2/28/96 - MU 80–79, 2OT.
8. Dwayne JOHNSON'S 12 foot shot at Mizzou to go to OT, 1/23/83 - MU 60-59 OT.
9. MASON'S shot from left baseline off inbounds pass and free throw vs Louisville, 3/6/04 – MU 81-80.
10. NOVAK'S 21 foot FG against Notre Dame, 1/20/06 - MU 67-65.
11. FOLEY's top of key 3 at Western Michigan 1/13/87 - MU 78-76, OT.
12. DOWNING'S putback shot against Utica 1/16/85, MU 55—53, OT.
13. JAMES' lean in top of key 3 against Louisville, 3/3/06 - Louisville 67-60, OT.
14. WARDLE'S left side three against Auburn at BC in the NIT, 3/16/98, MU 75-60, OT.
Honorable mention brought up by our posters....
*Rocke Calvelli's shot to beat Loyola 71-69 in OT on January 6, 1965. The first buzzer-beater of Al's MU career!
*Travis Diener's fall-away jumper 2.6 seconds left in OT to win at East Carolina 71-69, February 12, 2005.
Who will hit the next buzzer beater to lift MU to victory???? Bab Lackey's half court shot at Long Beach State, 1971 Marc Marotta's put back tip to beat Xavier, 1981