This day in sports: Isiah Thomas leads Indiana to NCAA title

A nine-person commission from the NCAA decided on this date in 1981 to continue the Indiana-North Carolina national basketball game after an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. When the committee heard that Reagan was going to recover, the game was underway at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Sophomore All-American Isiah Thomas scored 23 runs to lead the Hoosiers 63-50, a win that previously lost to the Tar Heels at Chapel Hill, N.C.

In games canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakers played in Minnesota, a team they had beaten 142-125 at Staples Center on December 8. The Clippers had scheduled a game at home against the Indiana Pacers, which they defeated 110-99 on December 9 in Indiana.

Here’s a look at memorable games and excellent sports performance on this date:

1986 – Texas ends a perfect season (34-0) by winning the NCAA Women’s Basketball Title 97-81 at USC. Cheryl Miller of the Trojans scores only four of her 16 points off the field in one of her worst games before making a mistake with more than seven minutes to play.

1987 – Keith Smart’s 16-foot jump shot gives Indiana a 74-73 win over Syracuse in the NCAA title game. Steve Alford scores 23 points and Smart adds 21 for the Hoosiers. It is the third and last national championship of coach Bob Knight.

1991 – Darryl Plandowski scores in 1:57 in the third extension to bring Northern Michigan to the first NCAA hockey title with an 8-7 win over Boston University in the second longest championship game.

1997 – Betsy King overcomes a three-shot delay in ninth place on the Mission Hills Country Club course to win her third Kraft Nabisco Championship. King, 41, finishes two strokes for Kris Tschetter and Amy Fruhwirth. It is the last of the six major titles of the LPGA Great.

2001 – Michael Phelps becomes the youngest American swimmer to set a world record and win the 200-meter butterfly at the National Championships in 1 minute, 54.92 seconds. 15-year-old Phelps breaks the figure of 1: 55.18 achieved in June by Olympic gold medalist Tom Malchow. Phelps would hold the record for 18 years.

2003 – Martin Brodeur becomes the first NHL goalkeeper with four seasons of 40 wins when New Jersey beats the New York Islanders 6-0. It is the ninth shutout of the season in the Brodeur league. Jacques Plante and Terry Sawchuk are the only other goalkeepers with three seasons of 40 wins.

2006 – Lorena Ochoa birdies her last hole to match an LPGA major championship record at 10-under par 62, giving her a four-shot lead over Michelle Wie at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ochoa breaks the tournament record set by Mary Beth Zimmerman in Mission Hills Country Club in 1997. The 62 equals the record in a large set by Minea Blomqvist in the 2004 British Open for women.

2009 – Dwight Howard scores 22 points and takes 18 rebounds in Orlando’s 101-95 win over Miami. Howard’s 11th game rebound gives him an edge over Wilt Chamberlain as the youngest NBA player to reach 5,000 rebounds. Howard is 23; Chamberlain set the tone when he was 25.

2013 – Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom ridden by Joel Rosario will retire from Red Cadeaux to win the two-length Dubai World Cup of $ 10 million. The 5-year-old fox is the first American horse to win in the richest race in the world since 2009.

2014 – Aaron Harrison transfers a three-point shot of about 24 feet with 2.3 seconds to lift Kentucky to a 75-72 win over Michigan. The win makes the Wildcats make a 16th trip to the Final Four and the first for a starting lineup since the Fab Five in Michigan in 1992.

Sources: The Times, Associated Press

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