35 Countdown: 1986


Feb. 11, 2014

The 1986 BIG EAST Championship game came down to one of the tournament's most dramatic and memorable plays.

Clinging to the lead, St. John's needed the heroics of Walter Berry to hold off Syracuse for a heart-stopping 70-69 win in the title game. Berry came from the other side of the court and swatted away the buzzer-beating shot attempt of Tournament MVP Pearl Washington to save the day for the Johnnies.

To this day, Washington is still mystified on how Berry managed to block his shot. "At the last second, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I still don't know how he got there," Washington recalled.

St. John's had grabbed the lead seconds earlier on a jumper by Ron Rowan. Berry and point guard teammate Mark Jackson were named to the All-Tournament team as they led St. John's and it's legendary coach Lou Carnesecca to a second BIG EAST crown.