The Washington Times - November 22, 2008, 11:00AM

The question came up as Friday morphed into Saturday about Maryland’s margin of victory last night against Vermont.

As in, how often does a team win by 15 in overtime, as Maryland did against the Catamounts.


I’m told the NCAA record is 21 points, which means last night’s game wasn’t quite that close. But I figured I’d do a little research and find out where it stood among ACC schools.

(And, yes, ACC die-hards, I included a search of South Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s to make this completely thorough. It came up empty for these purposes).

Turns out, there was only one OT game with a larger margin, and maybe one other game with a 15-point margin.

I say “maybe” because N.C. State’s media guide indicates the Wolfpack defeated Clemson 69-54 in OT on Jan. 31, 1959. Clemson’s media guide does not include an OT indicator.

So with that mention, I’ll leave it off the list and include only the seven games I’m certain were decided by 14 points or more in overtime.

17: @Clemson 95, Georgia Tech 78 (Jan. 5, 1992)

15: @Maryland 89, Vermont 74 (Nov. 21, 2008)

14: Clemson 102, @Virginia 88, (Jan. 14, 1967)
14: N.C. State 80, Arkansas-Little Rock 66 (March 16, 1986; NCAA second round—2OT)
14: Clemson 66, @Miami 52 (Dec. 23, 1995)
14: @Wake Forest 94, Duke 80 (Feb. 13, 2003—2OT)
14: @Clemson 100, East Tennessee State 86 (Dec. 15, 2003)

Patrick Stevens