McNamara Delivers in 2006 Big East Tourney


Over four glorious days in Madison Square Garden in 2006, Syracuse guard Gerry McNamara silenced critics who called him overrated and delivered an Orange team firmly on the bubble to the NCAA tournament. It all started against Cincinnati on perhaps the craziest 3-pointer McNamara ever made.

With 6.2 seconds left and Syracuse trailing, 73–71, McNamara took the inbounds pass near midcourt. After weaving through two Bearcat defenders, the scrappy Scranton, PA, native let a desperation runner fly from atop the 3-point arc — and it splashed through for the win.

McNamara was similarly heroic in subsequent games against UConn, Georgetown and Pitt. Syracuse became the first team to win four games in four days to capture the Big East tournament, for which McNamara was a shoe-in choice for MVP.

Now an assistant coach at his alma mater, the 29-year-old McNamara and the rest of the Orange gear up for the start of the 2013 Big East tournament this week. Gerry McNamara profile

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