Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 3/29/1982

North Carolina outlasts Georgetown, 63 - 62, in the NCAA men's championship game in New Orleans. With 15 seconds remaining, freshman Michael Jordan puts the Tar Heels ahead by one point on a 16-foot jumper. With 7 seconds left, Georgetown sophomore guard Fred Brown brings the ball up the court, thinks he sees teammate Eric Smith and throws him the ball. Trouble is, he has mistaken Carolina's James Worthy for Smith and secured the title for the Tar Heels, the first for Coach Dean Smith after losing three championship games in 1968, 1977 & 1981.

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