Illinois three-pointer: honorable mentions

Illinois three-pointer: honorable mentions

You know Deron Williams' three is the best in Illinois history. Here are four other big Illini shots, courtesy columnist Loren Tate:

March 5, 1989 — In the most momentous bomb up to that time, Nick Anderson took a long pass from Steve Bardo and launched a 35-footer to beat the buzzer and defeat host Indiana 70-67.

Feb. 4, 1993 — Of Andy Kaufmann's 515 field goals for Illinois, none was as memorable as his buzzer-beating stroke (right) to edge Iowa 78-77. It was an incredible finish with Richard Keene's trey tying the game at 75, and Iowa going back ahead on a basket that deflected off Deon Thomas' shoulder. The game appeared lost before fractions were placed back on the clock, giving T.J. Wheeler just enough time to fire the ball to Kaufmann near the UI bench.

March 10, 2000 — Facing No. 13 Indiana in the Big Ten tournament in Chicago, the Illini won 72-69 when Sergio McClain penetrated and fired to Cory Bradford, who broke the tie with less than two seconds left. It was Bradford's only trey of the game and kept alive his NCAA record streak that ultimately reached 88 games.

Jan. 6, 2000 — The clock had run to zero when Frank Williams' three-pointer found the net to defeat Ohio State 80-77 in the Big Ten opener at the Assembly Hall.

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Ghost77 wrote on March 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

Nick Anderson's 30-footer to beat Indiana in Bloomington for the Flying Illini needs to be here.



Brian Moline wrote on March 19, 2012 at 2:03 pm
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It's the first one on the page.

Empire2Ed wrote on March 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

The Andy Kaufmann game was the first game I remember watching. That shot still gives me goosebumps.

bernies wrote on November 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I still think the Iowa/Illinois game capped off by Andy Kaufmann's three-pointer is one of the best last one minutes of a game I have ever seen. So much drama!! It is still indelibly etched in my brain. I thought for sure the Illini had lost on a freak play...