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56. Lucas and the Boys

Saint Joseph's was the unlikely 1-seed, a 30-1 masterpiece that had taken college basketball by storm. Oklahoma State was the inspired 2-seed, looking to carry its school to the sport's biggest stage just three years removed from the plane crash that shattered the program. No matter how the 2004 East Rutherford Regional final ended, a great story was moving on to the Final Four. And oh what an ending it was. In a furious final 41 seconds that flew by with no stoppage of play, John Lucas' jumper to give OSU a 61-59 lead was answered by Pat Carroll's 3 that put the Hawks back up -- a shot that was answered by Lucas' 3 with 6.9 seconds left. National POY Jameer Nelson had a good look in the final seconds, but it fell just short and the exhausted Cowboys rode off to San Antonio. -- Brett Edgerton