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BC-AP Sportlight

March 25, 2019
March 26

1944 — St. John’s, coached by Joe Lapchick, cruises by DePaul 47-39 to become the first back-to-back winner of the National Invitation Tournament.

1946 — Hank Iba’s Oklahoma A&M Aggies beat North Carolina 43-40 for their second straight NCAA basketball title. Bob Kurland scores 23 points, including the first two dunks in NCAA tournament history.

1949 — Alex Groza leads Kentucky to a 46-36 victory over Oklahoma State for the NCAA championship.

1952 — Kansas’ Clyde Lovelette scores 33 points to lead the Jayhawks to a 80-63 win over St. John’s for the NCAA basketball title.

1972 — The Los Angeles Lakers beat Seattle 124-98 to finish the season at 69-13, the best record in NBA history until the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls go 72-10.

1973 — Bill Walton scores 44 points to help UCLA win its record seventh NCAA basketball championship with an 87-66 triumph over Memphis State.

1974 — George Foreman knocks out Ken Norton in the second round in Caracas, Venezuela, to retain the world heavyweight title.

1994 — Utah’s John Stockton becomes the second player in NBA history with 2,000 career steals. Stockton makes two steals during a 98-83 loss at Houston to join Maurice Cheeks, who finished his career with 2,310 steals.

2005 — In NCAA regional finals, Louisville and Illinois make tremendous comebacks to force overtime and advance. Louisville wins 93-85 after trailing by 20 to West Virginia. Illinois, down by 15 with four minutes to play, rides a 20-5 run to defeat Arizona 90-89.

2006 — George Mason stuns No. 1 seed Connecticut 86-84 in overtime to become the first No. 11 seed to reach the men’s Final Four since LSU in 1986.

2011 — Shelvin Mack scores 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler returns to the Final Four with a 74-71 victory over Florida.

2012 — Jaime Alas sof El Salvador scores in stoppage time for a 3-3 tie that ousts the U.S. from Olympic qualifying. The Americans miss the Olympics for the second time since 1976.

2016 — Breanna Stewart has 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to lead the UConn women to a 98-38 record rout of Mississippi State in a regional semifinal. The 60-point margin of victory supplants the Huskies’ 51-point win over Texas in the regional semifinals last year.

2017 — Luke Maye hits a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina holds off Kentucky 75-73 to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th overall.