Comeback for the Ages
Feb. 15, 1994 -- Trailing LSU 68-37 with 15:34 remaining in Baton Rouge, Kentucky seem finished. Coach Rick Pitino implored his players to keep trying, telling them to concentrate on defending the three-point line.
"We just wanted to make it respectable and not lose our confidence," he said.
The Wildcats did more than make the game respectable. Incredibly, they defeated LSU, 99-95. Their comeback from 31 points down tied the NCAA record for the biggest second-half deficit overcome to win a game, first set by Duke against Tulane in 1950.
Besides defending the three-point shot, Kentucky started nailing its own long-range attempts. It made nine three-pointers in the final 10 minutes. Walter McCarty's three-pointer with 19 seconds left gave the Wildcats their first lead since the opening seconds.
"I've coached 200 NBA games and 16 years in college and I've never seen a comeback like that," Pitino said. "It was the most character I've ever seen in a basketball team and the most unbelievable thing I've seen."
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