There have been plenty of wild wins and heartbreaking losses in BYU basketball history, including the Cougars' 114-110 triple-overtime loss at Portland on Thursday night.
While Tyler Haws' 48 points weren't enough to overcome the sharpshooting of Bobby Sharp and the Pilots, the Cougars have enjoyed their fair share of exciting wins that were full of highlight-reel material.
Here's a look back at 10 other BYU contests that were filled with unforgettable moments, and a few Cougar fans wish they could forget.
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With a berth to the NCAA Tournament on the line, things looks bleak with the Cougars trailing the Miners 71-70 with 2.4 seconds remaining in the WAC Tournament final. Plus, BYU had to advance the ball from its own end of the court. But Kevin Nixon made magic happen that day, taking the inbounds pass deep on BYU's end, dribbling up the side of the court and letting a shot fly a few feet beyond midcourt. Nixon's shot was true, hitting nothing but net and sending the Cougars to the NCAAs.
The Cougars needed a miracle when they trailed TCU by eight points with one minute remaining in regulation. BYU got several, outscoring the Horned Frogs 11-3 in that minute, including 3-pointers from Brock Reichner and Rashaun Broadus sandwiched around a layup by Broadus. After TCU's Chudi Chinweze hit 1 of 2 free throws to put the Horned Frogs ahead 72-69, Lee Cummard hit his second trey of the night, with 10 seconds remaining in regulation, to force overtime. In the extra session, the Cougars pulled away, winning by nine in what became known as the "Marriott Center Miracle."
The Cougars appeared to earn a big win when Charles Abouo, with his back to the basket, tipped in a Jonathan Tavernari shot attempt at the buzzer. But officials waived off the shot, saying it was still in Abouo's hand as time expired. This came after BYU led the entire second half, until James Harden hit a free throw to put Arizona State ahead with nine seconds remaining.
There were plenty of highlight moments during the Cougars' run to the Sweet 16 in the 2010-11 season, and this semifinal game in the South Padre Island Invitational has its own special place. Heading into the final seconds of a second overtime with the score tied at 72, BYU's Jimmer Fredette had the ball in his hands. As he drove into the paint and drew a crowd, Fredette kicked out along the baseline to Hartsock, who hit a jumper as time expired to lift the Cougars to the win.
BYU, which has had its struggles with St. Mary's since joining the West Coast Conference, looked poised for a victory over the Gaels when Tyler Haws hit a jumper with 2.5 seconds remaining that put the Cougars ahead 69-67. But in a play now dubbed the "Della Dagger," St. Mary's Matthew Dellavedova took the inbounds pass, quickly moved down court and hit a game-winning 3-point heave from just beyond halfcourt.
Craig Cusick and the Cougars had the final say on this night against their in-state rivals in Provo. With the game tied at 68, BYU's Matt Carlino attempted a straightway 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining, but it clanked off the front rim. Cusick immediately grabbed the rebound and got the putback to fall with 0.2 seconds left. It was Cusick's lone score of the night, and came hours after he learned his father had cancer.
The fun, or agony in the case of the Cougars, began with 3.8 seconds left after Kevin Woodberry tipped in a BYU miss to tie the game at 63. While celebrating the bucket, Mark Bigelow came onto the court off the bench and was called for a technical (later video review showed a whistle after Woodberry's basket prompted Bigelow onto the court). However, New Mexico's Troy DeVries missed both technical free throws, making overtime appear likely. But on the inbound, a well-placed pass went over Rafael Araujo to big man Danny Granger, and he scored the game-winner.
During the Cougars' run to the Sweet 16 in 2010-11, they only lost two regular-season conference games, both to New Mexico. During the MWC Tournament semifinals, BYU got its revenge behind a record-breaking night from Jimmer Fredette. The senior guard scored a school single-game record 52 points as the Cougars outlasted the Lobos, setting the MWC Tournament single-game record as well. His jumper with 4:25 remaining in the game also broke Danny Ainge's 30-year-old BYU career scoring record.
A 25-point first-half deficit and the possibility of not moving out of the First Four at the NCAA Tournament? Those obstacles weren't too much for BYU to overcome this day, as the Cougars completed the greatest comeback in NCAA Tournament history. Led by 23 points from Noah Hartsock, including 17 in the second half, BYU defeated Iona to advance. The Cougars' first lead of the game came with 2:23 remaining on a Hartsock 3-pointer, and BYU held Iona to 17 second-half points.
This is still the most iconic wild finish in BYU basketball history. After the Cougars had trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half against Notre Dame in this Sweet 16 matchup, BYU had a shot to win with eight seconds remaining and the Cougars down one. Senior Danny Ainge took the inbounds pass, then drove the length of the court while weaving through defenders. His layup with two seconds remaining lofted over the outstretched hands of Notre Dame's Orlando Woolridge and send the Cougars to the Elite 8.