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Posted on: Friday, April 2, 2010

On this date: 1990 UNLV pounds Duke 103-73 to win its first NCAA championship


Associated Press

April 2

1876 The first official National League baseball game is played with Boston beating Philadelphia 6-5.

1939 Ralph Guldahl beats Sam Snead by one stroke to capture the Masters golf tournament.

1983 New York Islander Mike Bossy becomes the first player to score 60 or more goals in three consecutive seasons.

1984 Georgetown, led by junior center Patrick Ewing and freshman forward Reggie Williams, beats Houston 84-75 to win the NCAA championship in Seattle. Houston becomes the second team to lose in two consecutive finals.

1986 The 3-point field goal, at 19 feet, 9 inches, is adopted by the NCAA.

1990 UNLV pounds Duke 103-73 to win its first NCAA championship and extend the Blue Devils' streak to eight Final Four appearances without a title. The Runnin' Rebels become the first team to score more than 100 points in a championship game and the 30-point margin is the largest ever.

1993 Cleveland's Mark Price falls one free throw short of tying an NBA record in a 114-113 loss to Charlotte. Price makes his first six foul shots of the game to give him 77 in a row, but misses the second of a two-shot foul in the fourth quarter, leaving intact Calvin Murphy's 12-year old record.

1995 Connecticut caps an unbeaten season by defeating Tennessee 70-64 for the NCAA women's championship. The Huskies, 35-0, become the winningest basketball team for one season in Division I.

2000 Connecticut wins its second women's national championship with a 71-52 victory over Tennessee. The top-ranked Huskies beat No. 2 Tennessee for the second time in three meetings this season.

2005 Roger Powell Jr. and Luther Head score 20 points apiece leading Illinois to a 72-57 win over Louisville in semifinals of the Final Four. With the win, the Illini (37-1) tie the single-season NCAA record for victories. Rick Pitino of Louisville makes history by taking his third different program to the Final Four.

2007 The Florida Gators keep their stranglehold on the college basketball world with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State for their second straight national championship. The Gators are the first team to repeat since Duke in 1991-92.

2009 Jamelle Cornley scores 18 points and Penn State uses a big second half to beat Baylor 69-63 to win the NIT title, just the second postseason tournament championship in school history.