March 16, 1990. Bo Kimble of Loyola Marymount (LMU) shoots a left handed free throw in 1990 first round of NCAA tournament in Long Beach, CA as a tribute to his friend and teammate Hank Gathers. This is widely regarded as one of the most memorable moments in NCAA tournament history.
On Sunday, March 4, 1990, in Los Angeles, Hank Gathers collapsed with 13:34 left in the first half of the WCC tournament quarterfinal game against Portland, just after scoring on his trademark tomahawk dunk on an alley-oop pass from point guard Terrell Lowery that put the Lions up 25--13. He was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital at the age of 23. An autopsy found that he suffered from a heart-muscle disorder, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
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No list of clutch shots is complete without Michael Jordan's jumper to lift North Carolina over Georgetown for the 1982 title. Indiana's Keith Smart deserves a nod for his winner over Syracuse for the 1987 championship. Tyus Edney still is cursed by Missouri fans for his coast-to-coast layup in the second round of the 1994 tournament. And the indelible image of Loyola Marymount’s Bo Kimball making a left-handed free throw in a first-round blowout of New Mexico State in 1990 to honor his best friend Hank Gathers, who had died days earlier from a heart issue, remains the stuff of NCAA lore.