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Top 10 Villanova moments of the past year: Part 5

Here’s part five of five of our week long series of looking back at Villanova’s top 10 moments of the past year:

2. Dwayne Anderson beats buzzer and Marquette with layup- Mar. 12, 2009

Much like the NCAA tournament, Villanova received a serious scare in the first round of the Big East tournament.  After building a 16-point halftime lead, it appeared as though the Wildcats would cruise to an easy win, but Marquette battled back and took a one-point lead with 1:36 remaining.

The Wildcats and Golden Eagles exchanged empty possessions, and then Villanova had one final chance.  Reggie Redding dribbled the ball at the top of the key and found Anderson slashing along the baseline.  Anderson laid the ball up against the glass as the buzzer expired.  The ball danced along the rim until it finally fell into the net for a 76-75 Villanova victory.

1. Scottie Reynolds’ dash for Detroit- Mar. 28, 2009


Hands down, this was one of the best games in tournament history.  Two Big East powers battled in Boston for a chance to the Final Four and what ensued was a classic.

The second half was back-and-forth the entire way, but never did that lead extend too far in either team’s direction.  When things looked bleak, Anderson played the second half of his life and made every play necessary.  When it looked like Villanova had the game, Reggie Redding threw the ball away and allowed Pittsburgh to tie it.

In the end it was Reynolds who came through.  Redding got the inbounds in this time, and after Dante Cunningham caught it, he passed it to Reynolds, who dashed down the court before laying it up over Gilbert Brown.  The basket meant a Villanova victory and trip to its first Final Four since 1985.

-David Cassilo

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