During George Beamon‘s first two years at Manhattan College, the men’s basketball team won a total of 17 games. Then Beamon began to take over the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In his third year, the Jaspers won 21 games. This past season, his senior year, Beamon was the team’s top scorer and rebounder. And he capped off his career by leading his program to 25 wins and its first NCAA tournament berth in a decade. He starred when the Jaspers needed him most. In the final two games of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, with a ticket to March Madness at stake, Beamon totaled 41 points and 12 rebounds. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Ten days later, Beamon and the Jaspers won America’s hearts when they stood toe to toe with Louisville, nearly toppling the college basketball powerhouse in the first round.