VCU 63, Minnesota 56 – OT (Dec. 28, 1970)
Some people believe VCU’s reputation as David, chopping down college basketball’s Goliaths, began with Eric Maynor and Duke. But the Rams’ penchant for taking the big boys down a peg began on a December night in 1970 at Franklin Street Gym.
For decades, rumors swirled that Minnesota thought it had booked a game against Virginia, instead of VCU. While that appears to be little more than folklore, it’s clear the Gophers were surprised by the reception they received from a neophyte VCU program.
VCU Coach Chuck Noe, aware of Minnesota’s talent, as well as his own team’s inexperience, slowed down the pace in an attempt to blunt the Gophers’ athleticism.
“I’ve never been anxious to run to my grave and jump in,” Noe later told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “When I have a team like this one that needs maturing, I’m going to walk there and make someone push me in.”
Charles Booker provided 17 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Greg MacDougal scored points 13 and hauled in 16 boards for the Rams in front of an estimated crowd of 2,000. In overtime, Reggie Cain buried a pair of jumpers as VCU pulled away.