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Story contributed by: Nina Joshi
Affiliation with GMU: faculty/staff
Contributed on: 7 April 2006

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What single moment stands out to you the most from the 2005-06 season?
I've got two: Larranaga's suspension of Tony Skinn and Mason's defeat of UCONN

Tell about your experiences during the Kryptonite Kids' magical run through the tournament:
I was so proud of Jim Larranaga for suspending Tony Skinn for the below-the-waistline punch he gave to a Hofstra player, and Larranaga's ethical decision perhaps set everything good in motion. College coaches from all over the country were in awe of what coach L did, so the good press for the school started with him doing the right thing.

I went to the Field House on the day the University was selling tickets to faculty and staff. I was surprised that only several dozen people were there, so I was lucky enough to get tickets to the games at the Verizon Center. Beating UCONN will be forever the greatest sporting event I've ever seen or will ever see. The Mason comeback in the second half, the razor-close game, the OT, the last second shot by UCONN; and the clock going to zero with Mason on top will be forever in my memory. These events are priceless; the $135 I paid for the tickets is the best money I've ever spent or will ever spend.

What do you think this moment means for George Mason University?
It gives us respect for so many reasons. We have a coach that has integrity; a team that's excellent as well as likable; students who exude excitement; and a community of supporters who have always known that Mason is special. The region, the nation, and even the world are finding out just how magical GMU really is. And the team's success shines a spotlight on Mason's first-rate academic programs.

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Nina Joshi, Object #159, George Mason University Digital Memory Bank, 7 April 2006, <http://hoops.gmu.edu/detail_story.php?id=159>

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