What are the Top Buzzer Beaters in Marquette History? John Dodds and Andrew Sharos from marquetteHoops.com sat down and identified the top buzzer beaters in Marquette history. Dodds and Sharos came up with a list of 14 that put MU over the top. MarquetteHoops.com counts them down and here are the first five……
14. BRIAN WARDLE’S 3 against Auburn in the NIT, March 16,1998 at the Bradley Center, MU 75-60, OT.
MU was down by 7 points late in the game and came back with a flurry of shots. With PG Aaron Hutchins in transition, MU was down by 3 with less than 5 seconds left. Hutchins hits Brian Wardle at the left side of key. Wardle stops, 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.
13. DOMINIC JAMES' 3 against Louisville, March 3, 2006 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. Louisville 67-60, OT.
Dominic James drilled a running three pointer at Louisville to send a 2006 Big East conference game into overtime. Although Marquette had already locked up a 2006 NCAA tournament birth, the Golden Eagles and the Louisville Cardinals fought a hard rivalry game in Freedom Hall. Marquette trailed most of the game and even found themselves down seven with just over a minute remaining. The Golden Eagles continued to foul the Cardinals down the stretch and Louisville could on convert the free attempts. Marquette drew within three points and caught a break when Louisville lost a rebound out of bounds. With five seconds left, the ball was thrown inbounds to freshmen Dominic James who dribbled the length of the floor. James took off from 30 feet and floated towards the basket, releasing his shot near the three point line. His shot rattled home, sending the 20,000 fans in Freedom Hall into shock. The game went into overtime, and Marquette would only tally two more points from there. Still, James’s shot capped an amazing coming and helped put his name on the map as one of the best freshmen in the country.
12. WALTER DOWNING’S shot against Utica January 16, 1985 at the Arena, MU 55—53, OT.
On 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. PAT FOLEY's 3 against Western Michigan January 13, 1987 at the Arena, MU 78-76, OT.
Pat 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. STEVE NOVAK’S shot against Notre Dame, January 20, 2006 at the Bradley Center, MU 67-65.
Steve Novak's long two point dagger sunk Notre Dame at the Bradley Center in January of 2006. During their first season in the Big East, Marquette renewed their rivalry with Notre Dame in the first of two games between the two teams. Marquette played catch-up during the snowy Milwaukee night, and fell behind by double digits in the second half. Marquette drew within two points of the Irish and made a key defensive stop with thirty seconds left. Holding the ball for the last possession, Novak came around a screen for a dribble hand-off and took the ball to the right corner. Novak shot a fade away with his feet on the three point line and sank the shot over the outstretched arm of Notre Dame freshman Kyle McAlarney. Notre Dame called timeout and threw the ball the length of the floor trying to get a shot with just one second left. Jerel McNeal deflected the pass and the game was over. Marquette defeated the Irish 67-65. Novak’s improbable fade away added another chapter to a storied rivalry and vaulted Marquette into the remainder of their brutal Big East schedule.
Next up will be 9 through 5, can you guess which MU buzzer beaters will be on that list??