Basketball fans around the globe are familiar with Allen Iverson and Ray Allen after each gained notoriety for successful NBA careers. Before the high-scoring guards became professional stars or signed lucrative shoe deals, they met in the 1996 Big East title game.
Iverson, an All-American and two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, led Georgetown into the championship showdown. Allen, already a tremendously accurate outside shooter, also enjoyed an All-American season at UConn.
The tournament's top two seeds (Huskies at No. 1, Hoyas at No. 2) provided viewers with a memorable heavyweight matchup.
Georgetown built an 11-point lead late in the second half but squandered an opportunity to close out UConn.
Allen hit a running floater with 14 seconds remaining to give the Huskies a 75-74 advantage. Iverson missed a contested jumper on the ensuing possession.
Georgetown forward Jerome Williams was unable to cash in on a putback attempt at the buzzer and UConn claimed its first conference title since 1990.
If you've never seen the final sequence of this game, I'd suggest watching the video above. It's a vintage glimpse of two players who ultimately helped define a generation of American hoopsters.
Iverson and Allen met again the 2001 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Iverson, the league's regular-season MVP, led the Philadelphia 76ers to a series victory over Allen's Milwaukee Bucks.