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March 28, 1977 - Marquette vs. North Carolina

Marquette 67 North Carolina 59

Recap

Marquette, coached by Al McGuire, won the national title with a 67–59 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Butch Lee of Marquette was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Publicly announcing his retirement during the middle of the season, McGuire retired as head coach immediately after the game.

Box Score

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Marquette FG-A FT-A RB PF Pts
Maurice Bo Ellis 5-9 4-5 9 4 14
Bill Neary 0-2 0-0 0 1 0
Jerome Whitehead 2-8 4-4 11 2 8
Butch Lee 6-14 7-7 3 1 19
Jim Boylan 5-7 4-4 4 3 14
Bernard Toone 3-6 0-1 0 1 6
Gary Rosenberger 1-1 4-4 1 1 6
Totals 22-47 23-25 29 13 67


North Carolina FG-A FT-A RB PF Pts
Walter Davis 6-13 8-10 8 4 20
Mike O'Koren 6-10 2-4 11 5 14
Rich Yonakor 3-5 0-0 4 0 6
Phil Ford 3-10 0-0 2 3 6
John Kuester 2-6 1-2 0 5 5
Steve Krafcisin 1-1 0-0 0 0 2
Tom Zaliagiris 2-3 0-0 0 3 4
Dudley Bradley 1-1 0-0 0 2 2
Bruce Buckley 0-1 0-0 0 1 0
Jeff Wolf 0-1 0-0 1 0 0
Dave Colescott 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Woody Coley 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Ged Doughton 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
John Virgil 0-0 0-0 0 1 0
Totals 24-51 11-16 28 24 59

Turnovers: Marquette 11, North Carolina 14.
Halftime: Marquette 39, North Carolina 27.
Technical foul: Toone.
Attendance: 16,086.

All-Tournament Team

Player School Notes
Butch Lee Marquette Most Outstanding Player
Maurice Bo Ellis Marquette
Jerome Whitehead Marquette
Mike O'Koren North Carolina
Walter Davis North Carolina
Cedric Maxwell NC-Charlotte

Postgame Game Quotes

Al McGuire

(immediately following the game) “I think they fell apart in the second half. We hung in there.”

(How do you feel?) “Emotionally drained. I'm pleased for the guys. It doesn't seem real. Ya know, you think about something like this, but … I've always been an alley fighter. I don't usually get into the silk lace situations. It seems like it is preordained, but I don't like to use the words of TV announcers, the cliches.”

(In the interview room) “We put in the four corners just yesterday in the hour allotted us for practice. We figured to run it and look for the good shot, keeping the big men underneath. For a while, both teams were playing a chess game. I was not emotional until a five-second count triggered me. I trigger easily. As a coach, you have to be constantly alert. Right now, I feel washed out. Once the avalanche came and we were tied, I tried to stop the avalanche by delays and I called timeouts. Usually we try to do it by contact lens timeouts or something like that. You have to stop the momentum no matter what. At the end of the game, I sat there and thought of all the locker rooms, the dirty jocks, the PALS, and the other things that a New Yorker street fighter knows when growing up.”

Maurice (Bo) Ellis

(On McGuire's last game) “It's a super way to go, for him and for us. I'm glad for him, I'm glad for me, I'm glad for the team, I'm glad for the people of Milwaukee and even for those who said we wouldn't get this far.”

Butch Lee

(On what it is like playing for McGuire) “It's not bad for the older guys. They know what to expect. For the freshmen, it gets rough. You have to get some good ear plugs.”

Dean Smith, North Carolina Head Coach

“We went into the four corners to get them out of a zone. That's a great zone with 6'9 players- Bo Ellis, Bernard Toone, and Jerome Whitehead in there. (Bruce) Buckley went in for a layup and either Bo or Whitehead blocked it. Then they went into their delay game. They hit all of their free throws down the stretch. Of course, that is what we did to get here.”

Phil Ford, North Carolina Player

“I don't want anybody to quote me as saying that my elbow affected my play out there or cost us the game. But, I feel that I have been useless to the team for the last two games. Anytime that you play for the national championship, that should give you enough to win.”

Mike O'Koren, North Carolina Player

“I knew that we were going to come back, but I didn't expect it to be that quick. And I knew that once we got the lead, we would go into the four corners and get them to chase us. But Marquette played the four corners smart. they laid back and didn't foul us.”

Photos

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Marquette's player introductions. Phil Ford attempts to float the ball over Jerome Whitehead as Boylan looks on.
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Davis (24) and center Rich Yonakor (50) during the NCAA Men's National
Basketball Final Four championship game held in Atlanta, GA, at The Omni.
Marquette defeated North Carolina 67-59 for the title. Photo by Rich...
Bo Ellis with the sweet jumper. Jim Boylan drives the lane.
With ten seconds remaining in the game, Coach Al McGuire is overcome with emotion knowing the 1977 NCAA Title belongs to Marquette.
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Coach Al McGuire makes his way through the congratulatory crowd after the final buzzer sounds. Bo Ellis celebrates the victory.

Ticket Stubs

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Section 233, Row E, Seat 4

Videos

SNIPPETS

1977 Final Four Highlights(3 Parts)


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