The Sports Archives Greatest Moments – 1996 March Madness – Princeton upsets UCLA

One of the greatest upsets in sports archives history occurred at the 1996 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament (March Madness) between the Princeton Tigers and the UCLA BruinsGus Johnson of CBS was working his first NCAA tournament and UCLA, the defending national champions, were favored to be top contenders in 1996.

Princeton came out on fire and was hitting everything including 3-pointers from all sides.  Every Princeton player brought their game and in a timeout situation near the end, Princeton had a chance to win it.  The players were starting to taste it and it tasted too good not to take it home.  Gabe Lewullis felt it as he hit for 2 to push Princeton ahead 43-41 with 3.9 seconds left.

UCLA ran out of time and the rest as they say is history.  Princeton could not carry the momentum to next game as they lost disappointingly to a tough Mississippi State team 63-41 who also lost in the Final Four to the Syracuse Orange.  The Kentucky Wildcats went on to beat Syracuse 76-67 to win the 1996  tournament.

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