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Buzzer Beaters and Memorial Magic

A Memoir of the Vanderbilt Commodores, 1987-1989

Barry Goheen (author) Buster Olney (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9780881467529

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Paperback

The late 1980s were a boom time for college basketball, and the Vanderbilt Commodores were right in the middle of it. Led by Hall of Fame Coach C.M. Newton, All-America center Will Perdue, and a group of three-point shooters known as "The Bomb Squad," the Commodores made their mark in the Southeastern Conference.
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The late 1980s were a boom time for college basketball, and the Vanderbilt Commodores were right in the middle of it. Led by Hall of Fame Coach C.M. Newton, All-America center Will Perdue, and a group of three-point shooters known as "The Bomb Squad," the Commodores made their mark in the Southeastern Conference and challenged for the conference title in 1988 and 1989. Along the way, they played–and, often, beat–many of the game's national powers, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas. Here is the inside story of those Commodore teams as told by Barry Goheen, the Vanderbilt guard and "Bomb Squad" member who became nationally known for his numerous clutch shots and "buzzer beaters" that lifted the 'Dores to victory. Goheen and his Commodore teammates encountered many of the greatest players and coaches of the era--Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Danny Manning, Chris Jackson, Digger Phelps, Denny Crum, Steve Alford, Rex Chapman, Glen Rice, and many more. They captured thrilling wins, endured painful losses, and achieved several firsts for the Vanderbilt basketball program. This is a story centered in Nashville, Tennessee, particularly Vanderbilt's venerable Memorial Gym, with stops in Hawaii and Taipei; Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina; Bloomington and South Bend, Indiana; and Lincoln, Nebraska. Even the casual basketball fan will enjoy Buzzer Beaters and Memorial Magic.
Pages 400
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher Mercer University Press
Subject/s Biography & True Stories   Basketball  
Barry Goheen is a "Double 'Dore," having graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1989 and the Vanderbilt School of Law in 1994. Goheen practices law in Atlanta, Georgia, and serves as chairman of the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

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