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Centennial Moment: 44th Anniversary of Donches Shot that Beat Villanova
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  01/16/2010

Jan. 16, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - In keeping with the celebration of the Centennial of Saint Joseph's basketball, today marks the 44th anniversary of the shot by Steve Donches that led the Hawks to a 71-69 win over Villanova. The memorable moment took place on January 16, 1966 at The Palestra.

A reserve player, Donches was inserted into the game for his defensive skills and because Billy Oakes had fouled out.

As described the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Hawks were trying to get the ball to Matt Guokas. Bob Brenner and Donches had the ball beyond the foul circle. Brenner bobbled it and Donches picked it up, looked at the scoreboard and twisted to the right and shot.

The 29-footer swished through the net at the buzzer and "pandemonium among the 8,670 fans broke loose".

The nationally-ranked Hawks were heavy favorites in the game, which ranks as one of the best in Big 5 history.