Jan. 23, 2008
March 5, 1983 was the date. The Marriott Athletic Center in Provo, or "The Big Mac" as some Utah fans called it, was the site. It was one of the greatest games in Utah basketball history.
BYU was heavily favored on its home floor with players like Devin Durant, Greg Kite and Brian Taylor. But Utah's Manny Hendrix, Peter Williams and Pace Mannion did the bulk of the scoring and helped the Utes jump on top of the Cougars early. But BYU came back and forced overtime.
The game was tied 49-49 at the end of regulation. In the first overtime period, Mannion picked up a steal and led the fast break for a basket to Williams at the other end. But neither team could get the upper hand in two extra periods and the game was tied 55-55, heading into a third overtime period.
Mannion and Williams both finished with 18 points to lead Utah.
Late in the third overtime, Utah had forged a one-point lead. BYU had a chance to take the lead, but missed. The rebound was secured by the Utes' David Cecil, who then hit one of two free throws to account for the 64-62 final score in a victory over the Cougars.