Sadly for Michigan
State, the CBS tape showed that Anderson still had the ball when the clock read
0:00. However, the buzzer is what ends the game, and most of the interested
parties said they couldn't hear it. "It was too weak," said Spartans
coach Jud Heathcote. Official timer Dale Hoffpauir turned down Heathcote's
request for a review of the television replay because the NCAA allows the use
of replays only in the event of clock malfunctions or fights.
In overtime, after
Scott had made an off-balance shot in the lane to put Georgia Tech ahead 81-80
with seven seconds to play, Smith inexplicably let four seconds run off the
clock before calling timeout in the backcourt. The Spartans inbounded to
forward Ken Redfield. whose shot from midcourt missed badly.
championship game, the Yellow Jackets faced a Minnesota team that had undressed
Syracuse by shooting 79% in the second half. The Gophers started strong—they
led by as many as 12 points in the early going—but Georgia Tech narrowed the
gap to 49-47 at intermission. The Yellow Jackets took control late in the
second half, mostly because Scott made four three-pointers from somewhere in
the general vicinity of the French Quarter. He finished with 40 points while
Anderson and Oliver ended up with 30 and 19, respectively.
Four straight free
throws, two by Oliver and two by Anderson, gave Georgia Tech a 93-88 lead—not
to mention a whopping 27-5 advantage in foul shots converted. But with seven
seconds left, Willie Burton, Minnesota's stellar 6'7" forward, drilled a
three-pointer to cut the Yellow Jackets' advantage to 93-91.
The Gophers then
fouled Anderson, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. Minnesota got the
ball to Lynch, but McNeil, under verbal prodding from Scott, made Lynch rush
the corner shot that ended the game. When asked what he had yelled at McNeil,
Scott said, "Go, Johnny, go!" Johnny be good, too, and Georgia Tech is
on its way to its first appearance in the Final Four.
afternoon, the Yellow Jackets said they were weary, and Anderson even told one
interviewer that he was looking forward to going home. "I miss my mom,"
he said. However, he quickly added that he couldn't wait to see how he, Scott,
Oliver and their supporting cast would fare in Denver.
"This is my
dream," said Anderson. "I just didn't think it would come true this