Dereck Whittenburg’s Fordham Team Beats UVA at UVA

In 1983, Dereck Whittenburg’s 40-foot heave was picked off in mid-air by teammate Lorenzo Charles, who dunked to give N.C. State a shocking win over Houston in the NCAA Tournament finals.

On Wednesday night, playing against Fordham – the team Whittenburg now coaches – the University of Virginia basketball team needed a similar miracle.

UVa, playing without point guard Sean Singletary, trailed the Rams by a basket with 3.4 seconds and needed to go the length of the floor.

The ball was inbounded to J.R. Reynolds, who dribbled behind his back to elude a defender near the half-court line, then took a running shot from about three feet behind the 3-point line.

The ball bounced off the rim, giving the Rams a 62-60 win in front of a crowd of 6,328 at University Hall.

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3 Responses to Dereck Whittenburg’s Fordham Team Beats UVA at UVA

  1. BJD95 12/08/2005 at 9:59 AM #

    Whit is one helluva guy. I feel privileged to have met him when he was still a GT assistant – very gracious, and really loves NC State. Congrats on this nice win for his program.

  2. Class of '74 12/08/2005 at 11:10 AM #

    I echo the above. I wish him only the best. He was one of my favorite all-time wolfpack players.

  3. VaWolf82 12/08/2005 at 11:18 AM #

    in front of a crowd of 6,328 at University Hall.

    I think that this is the last season the UVa men will play at U-Hall. Construction was underway on their new coleseum last winter. A friend and I went to the State game there last year and had no trouble moving to sit in the lower level behind the State bench. If this season unfolds like last year’s did, there will be plenty of empty seats available in Hooville.

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