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By LARRY VAUGHT
It has been a little over 20 years since it looked like Sean Woods had hit the shot to give Kentucky a monumental upset of Duke in the NCAA Tournament East Region final only to have Christian Laettner hit the shot that still makes highlight reels to beat Kentucky.
But rather than dreading those memories, Woods embraces them and thatâ€™s probably wise since the new Morehead State coach acknowledges the first thing people bring up when they see him or meet him is that game. The way Woods sees it, heâ€™s glad he made a contribution that makes people remember who he was because he made that shot.
â€œHow many go through life and one day pass away and have not left a legacy? When you mention Sean, Richie (Farmer), Deron (Feldhaus), we are always going to be part of history. How many young men or women can say that? Woods said. â€œThis will be remembered past my lifetime. I look at it as an honor and privilege to be mentioned and remembered for what happened in that great game.â€
Woods players at Mississippi Valley State were far too young to remember that game. So will his players at Morehead. However, Woods says college basketball players know about the shot.
â€œKids will ask me about that play. Every March they see the game, or the highlights. So I cannot run away from it,â€ Woods said. â€œAnyone who plays the game wants to be remembered. I would rather be remembered for us winning the game, but it is what it is. I canâ€™t hide from it, so I may as well enjoy it.â€