Go Utes!
Go Utes!
Moment No. 2




March 8, 2008

Utah had beaten SMU by 19 points in each of the two regular season meetings during the 1996-97 Western Athletic Conference season. However, a quarterfinal matchup between the Utes and Mustangs wasn't going quite so well.

Midway through the second half, SMU had a 15-point lead. It looked as though Utah would suffer an embarrassing first-round loss in the WAC Tournament. But the Mustangs decided to slow the game down and their offense went dormant.

Meanwhile, Utah slowly chipped away at the lead. The Utes were down one, 58-57, with just seconds remaining in the game. Keith Van Horn misses the potential game-winning shot, but the rebound goes out of bounds off an SMU player with just 0.3 seconds remaining. It would take a miracle for Utah to win this game ... and that's exactly what the Utes got.

Andre Miller set up under the basket to inbound the basketball and threw it into the middle of the lane to a waiting Keith Van Horn. From there, Van Horn went up high to get it and pushed the ball toward the basket ... and it went in!

The Utes went on to win the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Van Horn got another buzzer-beater in the semifinals (Moment No. 3) to beat New Mexico. Utah defeated TCU 89-68 in a laugher in the title game.

 

 

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