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Remembering a Historic Upset Thirty Years Later: AU 62, GU 61

From the Cinderella stories of “March Madness” to movies such as “Hoosiers”, basketball has always evoked a very American concept that a small yet determined few can accomplish anything. Its fast pace and nail-biting finishes are not for the weak in heart. In fact, in 1982 South Carolina’s coach had a heart attack during the game.

College basketball is especially exciting because it pairs the youth and exuberance of the players and fans with passions flowing from decades old rivalries. That is how it was thirty years ago today when my alma mater, American University, stunned cross-town rival Georgetown University (my other alma mater) in a 62-61 nail-biter.

This was the peak of Georgetown basketball. Led by seven-foot tall Patrick Ewing, one of the greatest centers in college basketball history, the Hoyas had just barely lost the National Championship…

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