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Gampel Pavilion: 25 (And One) Magic Moments

Jan. 26, 2015

Photo Gallery: 25 (Plus One) Magic Moments

Here's a look at the top 25 moments (plus one) listed in chronological order in Gampel Pavilion history, as compiled by Tim Tolokan, who currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Director of Athletics at UConn and for years oversaw UConn's Athletic Communications Office. It could be argued that no one has seen more games in Gampel Pavilion, men's and women's combined, than Tolokan.

#1 MEN: January 27, 1990-Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is officially dedicated with a Big East game against No. 15 ranked St. John's. The Huskies had lost by 31 points at SJU three weeks earlier but reversed that total by 45 points with a 72-58 victory on opening night in Storrs and the 1989-90 "Dream Season" is in full swing. Following the win, UConn is 17-3 on the year and has earned its highest national ranking in school history (No. 13).

#2 WOMEN: January 31, 1990-A UConn women's basketball record-setting crowd of 3,151 is on hand as the Huskies play their first game in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, a 76-54 win over Big East rival Georgetown. Two weeks later, Feb. 12, the Huskies are 19-3 overall and ranked in the National Top 25 (No. 25) for the first time in school history.

#3 MEN: February 19, 1990-Nadav Henefeld hits a three-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds left to lift UConn to a 75-72 overtime victory against Providence College.

#4 WOMEN: December 9, 1990-Playing in the Connecticut Classic Tournament, UConn women's basketball upsets No. 2 ranked Auburn 67-63 for the Huskies first victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.

#5 MEN: February 27, 1991-Chris Smith hits a 15-foot right baseline jumper to beat the buzzer in overtime to propel UConn to a 62-60 victory over Seton Hall.

#6 WOMEN: March 16, 1991-UConn's first women's basketball All-American Kerry Bascom converts a driving layup and subsequent free throw with 19 seconds left to play and the three-point play lifts UConn to an 81-80 NCAA First Round victory over Toledo before 4,623 fans. Bascom scores a career-high 39 points and adds 12 rebounds in the game, UConn's first women's basketball NCAA victory. Bascom leads the Huskies to its first NCAA "Final Four" appearance.

#7 MEN: February 22, 1992-Chris Smith scores 32 points, hits the 2,000-point plateau, and becomes UConn's all-time career scoring leader, passing Tony Hanson (1,990), in a 94-73 victory over Providence College. Smith concludes his four-year Husky career with 2,145 points.

#8 WOMEN: February 20, 1993-A crowd of 8,241 produces the first home "sellout" for UConn women's basketball, a 68-54 loss to No. 10 nationally-ranked Stanford.

#9 WOMEN: January 16, 1995-No. 2 ranked UConn beats No. 1 ranked Tennessee 77-66 before a raucous sellout crowd and a nationally-televised audience in the first meeting in women's basketball between the two schools. Connecticut becomes No. 1 in the nation for the first time following the game and finishes the season a perfect 35-0 and its first NCAA Basketball National Championship.

#10 MEN: January 23, 1995-No. 6 Syracuse visits Gampel Pavilion for the first time to take on No. 2 UConn.The Orange lead by 11 (58-47) with under 12 minutes left but the Huskies roar to an 86-75 victory, improving to a 15-0 start to the season...ESPN's Dick Vitale calls Storrs, CT "The Basketball Capital of the World." and on February 13, 1995 the UConn Men's and Women's basketball programs are both ranked No. 1 in the nation....a first in college basketball history.

#11 WOMEN: March 26, 1995-UConn beats Virginia 67-63 in the NCAA "Elite Eight" to advance to its second "Final Four". One week later the Huskies conclude a perfect 35-0 season by beating Tennessee 70-64 in the National Championship game that produces the first of nine NCAA Women's Basketball National Championships for Connecticut.

#12 MEN: February 28, 1996-Ray Allen's final game in Gampel Pavilion results in a career-best 39-point performance, including a school record-setting nine three-pointers, as the Huskies beat Rutgers 78-66.

#13 MEN: February 26, 2000-Khalid El-Amin goes coast-to-coast before the final buzzer to lift UConn to a 72-71 victory over West Virginia.

#14 MEN: December 9, 2000-UConn's Tony Robertson took a runner in the lane with 1.8 seconds remaining in a tie game that was swatted away but Arizona's Lorin Woods was called for goal tending and the No. 15 ranked Huskies edged the No. 5 ranked Wildcats 71-69.

#15 WOMEN: March 6, 2001-In what was called the "Bird at the Buzzer", Sue Bird hits a runner in the lane before the final buzzer to lift UConn to a 78-76 victory over Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament Championship game...the same game in which Shea Ralph suffers a left leg injury that ends her college career.

#16 WOMEN: March 17, 2002-In their final appearance in Gampel Pavilion, the Class of 2002---Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Williams, Asjha Jones---all scored in double figures in a 86-48 NCAA Second Round victory over Iowa. Two weeks later, the 2001-2002 Husky season concludes with a perfect 39-0 record and the NCAA Women's National Championship.

#17 MEN: February 22, 2003-Coach Jim Calhoun is back on the sidelines after a five game absence following prostate surgery and Emeka Okafor leads the way (13 pts, 12 reb., 9 blocks) to a 77-69 victory over St. John's.

#18 WOMEN: March 25, 2003-Diana Taurasi scores a career-high 35 points as UConn posts an 81-66 come-from-behind victory over Texas Christian in an NCAA Second Round game. The Huskies trailed 35-33 at the half but started the final twenty minutes with a 14-0 scoring spurt.

#19 WOMEN: March 2, 2004-"Senior Day" was special indeed as Diana Taurasi, Maria Conlon and Morgan Valley played their final game in Gampel Pavilion, a 100-72 win over West Virginia. That class produced four straight "Final Four" appearances, three consecutive NCAA National Championships, an overall four-year record of 139-8, and a perfect 43-0 record in four seasons of games in Gampel Pavilion.

#20 MEN: January 22, 2005-A first for UConn and all of college basketball as ESPN stages its inaugural College Basketball "GameDay" event at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Big East Conference rival Pittsburgh upends UConn 76-66.

#21 WOMEN: January 16, 2010-Five years after the first ESPN "GameDay" for men's college basketball was staged in Gampel Pavilion, ESPN returns to Storrs for the first "Game-Day" national telecast for women's basketball. No. 1 ranked UConn beats No. 3 ranked Notre Dame 70-46.

#22 MEN: January 23, 2010-Associate Head Coach George Blaney subs for ailing head coach Jim Calhoun and UConn stuns No. 1 ranked Texas 88-74 as Jerome Dyson scores a career-best 32 points. The victory produces a rare "storming the court" by the Husky fans.

#23 MEN: January 17, 2011-Kemba Walker hits a floater in the lane with 2.5 seconds remaining to lift No. 8 UConn to a 61-59 victory over No. 7 Villanova.

#24 WOMEN: March 22, 2011-Maya Moore plays her final game in Gampel Pavilion, scoring 16 points and adding 13 rebounds as UConn beats Purdue 64-40 in an NCAA Second Round game. Moore and fellow senior Lorin Dixon complete their four-year careers a perfect 40-0 at home in Storrs. They add a spotless 41-0 in four years at the XL Center to total a stunning 81-0 at "home" in four seasons. Their overall four-year record at UConn: 150-4.

#25 MEN: December 2, 2013-Shabazz Napier follows his own miss with a jumper just before the final buzzer to lift No. 12 UConn to a 65-64 victory over No. 15 ranked Florida.

#26 WOMEN: March 25, 2014-All-Americans Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley play their final game in Gampel Pavilion, a 91-52 NCAA Second Round victory over St. Joseph's. Two weeks later, the senior duo help UConn complete a perfect 40-0 season, besting Notre Dame 79-58 in the National Championship game and handing the Huskies back-to-back NCAA titles.

"Just Missed The Cut"

Women's Games

December 11, 1993-UConn beats Virginia 74-63 to start the season 6-0 and three days later the Huskies are ranked in the Women's Basketball National Top 10 for the first time in program history (No. 6).

March 16, 1994-UConn women play before their first NCAA full house at Gampel Pavilion, defeating Brown 79-60 in NCAA First Round play before an advance sellout of 8,241.

January 6, 1998-UConn women score a school record 126 points en route to a 126-48 victory over Providence College.

Men's Games

December 3, 1997-Freshman Khalid El-Amin scores 29 points in his first Big East Conference game as UConn rolls past West Virginia 88-75. Khalid ends his frosh season as Big East Rookie of the Year and Big East Tournament MOP.

December 5, 1998-UConn and Michigan State, both destined for the Final Four in March of 1999, meet and UConn, the eventual NCAA Champion, wins easily 82-68 as defensive specialist Ricky Moore holds MSU All-American Mateen Cleaves to a 2-for-15 shooting performance.

January 6, 2001-Freshman Caron Butler hits a three-pointer to tie the score at the end of regulation and UConn goes on to defeat St. John's 82-80 in overtime.

January 11, 2004-No. 1 ranked UConn belts No. 6 ranked Okahoma 86-59 as Emeka Okafor just misses a triple double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, nine blocks.

February 3, 2013-Shabazz Napier hits three three-pointers on UConn's first four possessions of overtime as the Huskies topple South Florida 69-64.

March 5, 2014-UConn defeats Rutgers 69-63 in Senior Night regular season finale and Head Coach Kevin Ollie tells the UConn student section after the game..."I'm planning to come back here in April and raise a banner"...adding in the post-game press conference..."I believe we are going to win the national championship."