"Then Bristow inbounded the ball for the Hokies and, for some reason, he just kind of heaved it up the court. Somehow he threw it right to Dawson, who intercepted it at midcourt and, basically in one motion, caught it and shot it from there. The shot went in as the buzzer sounded.
"That started a wild celebration. Curt Price was so excited he vaulted himself up on one of the baskets and he celebrated by sitting up on the rim."
Robinson had 32 points for the Mountaineers, while 7-0 center Mike Heitz had 18 and Dawson scored 10.
Dawson was not the only former Huntington East Highlander in the game. One of the Hokie standouts was a 1968 East grad, Bill McNeer. McNeer played well against WVU, scoring 11 points with two rebounds and two assists.
If you ask McPherson about the best players he played against during his era, he quickly rattles off the names of Jerry West, Rod Hundley, future Kentucky athlete Duane Wingler and former South Charleston and Marshall great Cebe Price.
"There were so many great players in the state at that time," said McPherson. "When I was at W&L, we played Marshall. I guarded [All-American] Leo Byrd in the first half and I couldn't stop him. At halftime, our coach told me, 'I'm going to take you off Leo Byrd and put you on Hal Greer.' Can you imagine that?"
Self-deprecating humor is typical of McPherson. There are better-known coaches from our state, but I am not sure there any that are more loyal or respected.
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