Saturday, March 11, 2006

Davidson trivia once again

Who hit the game winning basket for Davidson in the 1986 SoCon Championship Game?
These are just old pictures of the days of Johnston Gym...nothing to do with the question.

Thanks to Eliz Kirkland ('88) for emailing me this question. I don't know the answer, though, so help me out!


Hey, if Derek Rucker is out there, he was on that team.....he should know.

Come on, Rucker, help us out!!

13 comments:

pwags said...

i'll guess derek rucker '88.

Johnston Gym said...

Born! Just sat under the celebration picture at the Soda Shop.

Johnston Gym said...

To quote the program from the Tourney last weekend - "among the highlights of the Southern Conference's era in Asheville [was] an off-balance 22-foot buzzer beating jumper by Davidson's Gerry Born that gave the Wildcats a 42-40 win over Chattanooga in 1986 . . ."

WB said...

That's good stuff, Johnston Gym!! Thanks for the quote!!

I honestly had no idea who did what in that game.

Peter Amidon '94 said...

to add to this, Born's younger brother went to UTC and helped them beat us in the SOCON finals in '94. Damn those mocs. We had a stud team that year led by jason zimmerman, the slovenian nightmare janko narat as well as quinn harwood, george spain and of course brandon williams. A great team that should have gone to the dance.

WB said...

Is that the Peter Amidon, known by the SBA campaign slogan "Vote for the 6 foot Peter"?

pwags said...

unbelievable. amidon! peter, i think that you and i also drove from atlanta up to columbia in 1996 to see davidson get dismantled by usc in the nit that year. sad stuff.

in 1994, brandon williams had a shot in the lane at the buzzer that he probably hit with 96% accuracy... and missed. the cats definitely should have gone dancing that year.

WB said...

I was at that NIT game, too, in 1996. I was in law school at USC, so it was no problem being there. I remember that Davidson jumped out to a 8-0 lead, or so, with Brandon Williams getting a monster break-away slam dunk. But it came apart after that.

That 1996 team should have gotten an at-large bid to the NCAAs. Dick Vitale was all over the NCAA committee for not inviting us, as I recall.

pwags said...

yes, i remember dickie v bouncing up and down on television and shouting "c'mon! give it to the little guy! give davidson a shot!"

Stan said...

The 86 team played Kentucky in a first round NCAA game in Charlotte and jumped out to a lead. The place was rocking! But Kenny "Sky" Walker was too much, we got in foul trouble, and the Ky Cats pulled away.

I drove to Morgantown to see the 94 NIT game and we just didn't play as physical as WVa.

My recollection of the SC game in the 1996 NIT was B J McKie consistently slamming his fist into the groin of any Davidson player who set a screen that he had to fight thru. One of our guys actually crumpled to the floor in agony after one shot to the jewels. Refs never called it and he must have done it over a dozen times. Also remember seeing Harwood bodily thrown out of the lane and almost to the sideline while trying to play interior defense. Cocks got an easy layup on that play.

wild said...

I never liked the Gamecocks and hate them even more now.

Anonymous said...

Ruk is in Sydney, he retired last year from 16 solid years playing in Australia

Anonymous said...

Gerry Born's shot was not off balance. It was a good shot.

The picture of the action in Johnston Gym shows Pat Hickert, '79taking a shot. Tom Dore and Tom Verlin are going for the rebound.

Notice how crowded Johnston Gym is. That is how I remembered it in the mid-70's.