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From Ainge to Fredette: 10 other wild BYU basketball games, besides Portland (10 items)

By , Deseret News

Jan. 25, 2014

There have been plenty of wild wins and heartbreaking losses in BYU basketball history, including the Cougars' 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland on Thursday night.

While Tyler Haws' 48 points weren't enough to overcome the sharpshooting of Bobby Sharp and the Pilots, the Cougars have enjoyed their fair share of exciting wins that were full of highlight-reel material.

Here's a look back at 10 other BYU contests that were filled with unforgettable moments, and a few Cougar fans wish they could forget.

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1 of 10. WAC Tournament, March 14, 1992: BYU 73, UTEP 71



With a berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line, things looks bleak with the Cougars trailing the Miners 71-70 with 2.4 seconds remaining in the WAC Tournament final. Plus, BYU had to advance the ball from its own end of the court. But Kevin Nixon made magic happen that day, taking the inbounds pass deep on BYU's end, dribbling up the side of the court and letting a shot fly a few feet beyond midcourt. Nixon's shot was true, hitting nothing but net and sending the Cougars to the NCAAs.

2 of 10. Jan. 25, 2006: BYU 89, TCU 80 (OT)



The Cougars needed a miracle when they trailed TCU by eight points with one minute remaining in regulation. BYU got several, outscoring the Horned Frogs 11-3 in that minute, including 3-pointers from Brock Reichner and Rashaun Broadus sandwiched around a layup by Broadus. After TCU's Chudi Chinweze hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the Horned Frogs ahead 72-69, Lee Cummard hit his second trey of the night, with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, to force overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars pulled away, winning by nine in what became known as the "Marriott Center Miracle."

3 of 10. Dec. 20, 2008: Arizona State 76, BYU 75



The Cougars appeared to earn a big win when Charles Abouo, with his back to the basket, tipped in a Jonathan Tavernari shot attempt at the buzzer. But officials waived off the shot, saying it was still in Abouo's hand as time expired. This came after BYU led the entire second half, until James Harden hit a free throw to put Arizona State ahead with nine seconds remaining.

4 of 10. Nov. 26, 2010: BYU 77, South Florida 75 (2OT)



There were plenty of highlight moments during the Cougars' run to the Sweet 16 in the 2010-11 season, and this semifinal game in the South Padre Island Invitational has its own special place. Heading into the final seconds of a second overtime with the score tied at 72, BYU's Jimmer Fredette had the ball in his hands. As he drove into the paint and drew a crowd, Fredette kicked out along the baseline to Hartsock, who hit a jumper as time expired to lift the Cougars to the win.

5 of 10. Jan. 16, 2013: St. Mary's 70, BYU 69



BYU, which has had its struggles with St. Mary's since joining the West Coast Conference, looked poised for a victory over the Gaels when Tyler Haws hit a jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining that put the Cougars ahead 69-67. But in a play now dubbed the "Della Dagger," St. Mary's Matthew Dellavedova took the inbounds pass, quickly moved down court and hit a game-winning 3-point heave from just beyond halfcourt.

1. Dixie Dan
Saint George, UT,
Jan. 25, 2014

I am surprised there is no mention of the UCLA/BYU game played in Provo in March, 1965 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

2. rlsintx
Plano, TX,
Jan. 25, 2014

The drive to win. Greg Ballif got way too little credit in this game. He's the reason we were close in the second half. Ainge really didn't have a great game but for the last play, as awesome as it was. A lot of future, long time NBA players on the floor that day...

3. Lonster
Sandy, UT,
Jan. 27, 2014

What, no Congdon, Raymond, Fairchild, Liimo, Eakins, Cosic, Nemelka, et. al. mentions? As usual, "Top This and Top That" lists have very short memories and seem to cater to those of young & recent vintage. Except for maybe Danny Ainge, this one's no different.