9. Steve Cunningham
24 points – (March 11, 1966 )
(Michigan 80 – WKU 79)
In the most infamous game in WKU history, 6’5″ Hilltopper senior center Steve Cunningham played one of his finest games. The Chaffee, Missouri native poured in 24 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the floor and 2-of-4 from the free throw line versus the #9 ranked Wolverines.
Cunningham’s 15-footer with 24 seconds remaining gave the Hilltoppers a 79-78 lead and then with 16 seconds remaining Topper forward Wayne Chapman swiped a Wolverine pass and was fouled by a disgusted Michigan player. Chapman missed the free throw attempt and Hilltopper forward Greg Smith was tied up by a Michigan player after grabbing the rebound. On the ensuing jumpball a foul was called on Smith while he was in the air going for the tip. All-American Cazzie Russell went to the free throw line where he sank two shots with just 11 seconds remaining giving the Wolverines an 80-79 lead.
Clem Haskins missed a 17-footer with 3 seconds left in the game that would have won it for the Hilltoppers and set up the first-ever meeting between WKU and uk.