This date 1963: Watch UC vs Loyola for national championship


March 23, 1963

Cincinnati vs Loyola: National Championship

Final: Loyola 60 Bearcats 58 (OT)

Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY

The Bearcats entered 26-1, ranked No. 1 in the AP poll every week of the season. 

The Ramblers entered 28-2, ranked No. 3.  

UC was going for a then unprecedented third consecutive national championship, having beaten Ohio State in 1961 and 1962.

Loyola missed 13 of its first 14 shots. UC led 29-21 at the half and 45-30 with 13:56 remaining. 

But with :12 seconds left and Bearcats leading 53-52, UC’s Larry Shingleton was fouled. He made the first but missed the second. 

Loyola’s Les Hunter grabbed the rebound. Ron Miller pushed the ball up court and found All-American Jerry Harkness on the wing. His baseline runner with :06 remaining forced overtime. 

With one minute left in overtime, the Ramblers held for a last shot. Harkness found Hunter in the lane, who missed, but Vic Rouse put the rebound up and in for the first buzzer-beating title-winner in NCAA championship history.

Boxscore HERE

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