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Top 5 Big East Tournament Moments

Thursday,March 12th 2009 five years ago today college basketball especially Syracuse University fans were blessed with one of the greatest games in basketball history. Today is the five year anniversary of the 6OT game between Syracuse and UConn in the Big East Tournament quarterfinals.

A game that lasted 3 hours and 46 minutes. A combined total of 244 points were scored (102 were scored in overtime), 93 free throws attempted,211 field-goals attempted (103 in overtime),  66 fouls committed with four players on each team fouling out.

Listen here to Joe & Brix name their top Five moments.

#5- Patrick Ewing vs Pearl Washington(1985)-  Georgetown went on to beat the Orange, 74-65.

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#4-Ray Allen vs Allen Iverson-  Not just two of the greatest NBA players. This is one of the most underrated rivalries in college history

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# 3-SYRACUSE 6OT-Game: Syracuse vs. UConn (Quarterfinals) Date: – The absolute (Single) best game in college basketball in all time.

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#2 Kemba Walker – In the 2011 Big East Tournament UConn came in at a 9 seed and the only way they were going dancing was if they won the whole thing. Veteran Kemba Walker born down the street from MSG  in the Bronx put on a show!  Set scoring records for the tournament and won the Big East championship while eventually going on to win the a National Championship.

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#1 –  Gerry McNamara  and the Syracuse Orange lost nine of their last 13 going into the 2006 Big East Tournament. It was his senior year and he knew that they needed to win the tournament for a chance to get into the NCAA Tournament.McNamara single-handedly got the Orange one victory after another. First, it was a three-point shot that gave the Orange a 74-73 win agaisnt Cincinnati. The next night Gerry did it again,hitting a game-tying three in the quarterfinals against UConn with only seconds left. McNamara stroked five three-pointers in the second half in the semifinals against Georgetown to cut a huge Hoyas lead to one with only 60 seconds left. He dished out an assist to freshman guard Eric Devendorf to put Syracuse in the lead  with seconds left to clinch the game.  Syracuse would go on to be Pittsburgh in the finals to punch their ticket into the NCAA Tournament .McNamara was given the Dave Gavitt award for the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player.

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