For Seton Hall, this win over Michigan was worth more than 32 years of waiting – The Athletic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Ghosts don’t hide in the shadows at Seton Hall. Bryce Aiken once walked with them, could make eye contact with them. They will look back at him. John Morton. Andrew Gaze. Daryll Walker. That 1989 team photo was inevitable. “A big one, glued right to the wall,” he said. “You can’t walk past our dressing room without seeing it every day.”

About a year ago, Aiken, a kid of the 90s, finally stopped and asked someone, why? Why team? Why guys? Why show such respect?

He was told a story. You may know that.

Only eight seconds left in Kingdome. Michigan’s Rumeal Robinson cut through Seton Hall’s defensive line. A penetrating blow from referee John Clougherty’s whistle. A foul – a spooky foul, some will forever say. It has been talked about in South Orange for over 30 years. Some assumed the call, a handshake on Gerald Green as Robinson went to pass the ball, was predictive. Others say the call was simply missed. However, others say the NCAA doesn’t want young Seton Hall to win the national title and instead wants him to go to the big football school in Ann Arbor. Despite that, Robinson, not even the 65% fouling shooter, went to the line and hit two of the coldest fouls in NCAA Tournament history. Three seconds later, the whistle blew and the 80-79 extra-time final gave Michigan the 1989 national championship. Seton Hall, the Pirates in the picture now stuck in time, were National runner-up in college basketball.

“I couldn’t believe it when I heard all that,” Aiken said. “I can’t believe they’re this close.”

He emphasized it. For Seton Hall, this win over Michigan was worth more than 32 years of waiting – The Athletic

Chris Estrada

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