Here’s part three of five of our week long series of looking back at Villanova’s top 10 moments of the past year:
6. Class of 2009 becomes winningest class in Villanova history- Mar. 2, 2009
By no means was Dante Cunningham, Dwayne Anderson, Shane Clark and Frank Tchuisi the most heralded class in school history, but they were the class with more wins than any other in the school’s history. A convincing win over Notre Dame gave the group that distinction.
The four Wildcats finished their careers with 102 wins and capped their four years with a trip to the Final Four. In many ways they exemplified exactly what Villanova basketball has become under Jay Wright – doing whatever is needed to win.
5. Villanova survives American in the first round- Mar. 19, 2009
The magical run that was the 2009 NCAA tournament almost was over for Villanova just when it started. It looked like the upset bug might bite the Wildcats as a scrappy American team led by Garrison Carr took a 10-point lead into halftime.
Villanova, though, turned things around in the second half and used a 15-0 run in the second half to take control and avoid the upset in front of the hometown Philadelphia crowd. Both Dante Cunningham and Dwayne Anderson sparked the comeback for Villanova as each had 25 points, which was also a career-high for Anderson.
The Wildcats prevailed 80-67, and that second half was the beginning of a run that would end in the Final Four.