Thursday, February 23, 2012

Buzzer beaters for Duke opponents at Cameron have been few and far between

Michael Snaer's buzzer beater set off an FSU celebration.
When Florida State’s Michael Snaer hit a game-winning 3-pointer to lift the Seminoles to a 76-73 win on Jan. 21, he became the first opponent to win a game at the buzzer at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Joe Smith propelled Maryland to a dramatic victory with a last-gasp tip-in on Jan. 28, 1995.

The rematch of that game is tonight in Tallahassee, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

“I think about it a lot,” Snaer said of his big moment. “It was a big shot for us and a special moment for me.”

In between Snaer and Smith’s shots, opposing teams have had some dramatic wins at Cameron, just not quite as time expired. Here are some of the more memorable victories for opponents at Cameron in the last 17 years:

* Jan. 28, 1995 – With Pete Gaudet coaching Duke and Billy Hahn coaching Maryland instead of an ill Gary Williams, Smith gave the Terrapins a 74-72 win with a tip-in at the buzzer. It put the finishing touches on Smith’s 40-point, 18-rebound effort.

* Dec. 8, 1996 – Michigan’s Robert Traylor scores on a dunk with 3 seconds left to lift the Wolverines to a 62-61 win over the Blue Devils.

* Feb. 1, 2001 – In Matt Doherty’s first game coaching against Duke, the Blue Devils’ Shane Battier fouled North Carolina’s Brendan Haywood with 1.2 seconds remaining. Haywood, who was a 48 percent free-throw shooter on the season, made both to give UNC an 85-83 win over Duke.

* Jan. 21, 2012 – After Duke’s Austin Rivers ties the score with 4.9 seconds left, Florida State gets the ball upcourt quickly, finding Snaer for a wide-open 3-pointer from the wing at the buzzer. Florida State wins 76-73.

-- Jack Daly


Anonymous said...

i doubt they leave the gym early win or lose, they at least respect the game enough to own up to a loss.

but i think duke wins it anyways, only roy can lose to fsu with that much talent.

Anonymous said...

Dook sux, will lose this one but beat UNCheat at home for yet another sweep. Not the ACC's year.

Anonymous said...

The above post is the perfect example of a garden-variety Walmart Tar Hole fan.

--Denial of ownership (at the hands of Dook)
--Delusions of grandeur (projecting fictional, imaginary Championships)
--Classless, repulsive hatred (hoping for injury/death)

Anonymous said...

Yes, Wal-Mart sells UNC and NC State attire...people actually buy it. Dook is the most hated school in the country, and they do not even rank in the Top 25 of total sales...look at the fan base...dorks and fat people..never see a good looking person in Cameron...I've been there Five times in the last 5 years. Go Noles!

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you know I do not know why Dook is the most hated school in the country, can someone explain it to me please, I know this is off topic, but I am curious about it