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THE SHOT

As Coach Becker and the men’s basketball team prepare for their NCAA Tournament match-up with Lamar University, I’m sure I’m not alone in finding my thoughts turning back to the greatest win in Catamount basketball history: Vermont 60, Syracuse 57 on March 18, 2005 in an NCAA First Round game in Worcester, Massachusetts—the defining moment an audacious three-point bomb from T.J. Sorrentine in overtime.

Happy as that moment was for all Vermont fans, that shot had its own particular sweetness here at Vermont Quarterly when we were able to link the story of the game with a wonderful essay written by alumnus Kevin Hench ’89, a producer and columnist for FoxSports.com. Kevin’s piece, titled “Philosophy of a Gunner” focused on then coach Tom Brennan’s personal and professional style and the green light he was willing to give a natural shooter like Sorrentine.

Click here to take a look back at Kevin’s essay in the spring 2005 issue.

And to see Sorrentine’s shot and the latter stages of the game, here’s a great clip on YouTube.

Never gets old watching that.

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