Michigan’s ball! They’ve got an opportunity here now to win it. They’ve got to hurry. Five seconds! Robinson and … there’s a foul call with three seconds. A foul against Seton Hall with three seconds left!
Hold it. Right there.
Find a way to stop Brent Musburger from finishing his call on CBS that night. Find a way to freeze Michigan guard Rumeal Robinson as he drives into the paint. Find the way — most of all — to smash the whistle that referee John Clougherty is about to blow and forever change the course of New Jersey basketball history.
If we could just stop time right there, maybe even rewind that tape a just a few seconds, we would be looking at something beautiful. Maybe, given all the dominoes that had to fall to get to that point, something that will never happen again.
March Madness in 1989, the NCAA Tournament and the moments that led up to it, is the greatest month in New Jersey basketball history. Thirty years ago, the Garden State nearly saw one of its teams bring home the national championship for the first time with that brilliant Seton Hall team suffering a painful defeat in the national title game.
But that month was more than one moment.