Behind star forward Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont beat Boston
University by a point on March 15, 2003, to win the America East
basketball tournament and earn an automatic berth in the NCAAs.
Though the Catamounts were clobbered 80-51 by top-seeded Arizona
in the first round, they and their fans were thrilled to have
been to the Big Dance for the first time. (The Cats returned this
year, losing 70-53 to Connecticut.)
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN W. MCDONOUGH MATT SHEFTIC (SHOOTING) AND THE CATAMOUNTS HAD A THRILLING RUN TO THE NCAAS BEFORE LOSING TO ARIZONA.