March 5, 1977 - ND defeats #1 and 29-0 San Francisco

The University of San Francisco came to South Bend ranked #1 and with a perfect 29-0 record. Notre Dame meanwhile was unranked and could brag a 19-6 record. The day before the game, Digger Phelps implored the students to pack the rafters and chant "29 (clap, clap) and 1 (clap, clap)."

The first half ended with a buzzer-beater shot by Dave Batton that put Notre Dame ahead 44-42. The beginning of the second half saw the lead change hands but Notre Dame went ahead 59-58 and then slowly pulled away. Don Williams would score 17 points in the final 11 minutes en route to a game-high 25 points. Toby Knight added 19 points and 14 rebounds, Bill Paterno 16 points, Rich Branning 14 points, and Dave Batton had 13 points. By the time the final whistle blew, Notre Dame defeated the Dons 93-82 and sent them packing with their first loss.

The students quickly rushed the court, raised the players to the nets, and the players cut down the nets. For the first time ever, NBC awarded the Game MVP to the student body.

Keywords: basketball, san francisco, digger phelps, dave batton, toby knight, bill paterno, rich branning, students, mvp, nbc, acc, athletic convocation center

Posted On: 2012-03-05 06:32:13 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2012-03-05 17:22:10 by IrishTrpt07


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