Farrakhan Finds Stride Against Pack

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More On Mu’s Dunk

Mustapha Farrakhan ‘s dunk against N.C. State is the talk of the town and took the top spot in SportsCenter’s top 10 plays. Here’s more on the ferocious facial …

Virginia’s Calvin Baker turned the ball over on offense and NCSU pushed the ball ahead. With the Cavaliers in an unsettled defensive situation, an inside-out pass and ball reversal left Javier Gonzalez wide open for a 3-pointer in front of the visiting bench. The shot, which could have cut the lead to four, rimmed out and the rebound got tipped out beyond the top of the key. Sylven Landesberg managed to tip the ball away from a State player and past the halfcourt line where a streaking Farrakhan ran onto the ball with a clear path in front of him on the right side of the floor.

On the other side, Gonzalez retreated and tried to time his steps to challenge a potential shot near the rim. It proved to be a bad decision.

Farrakhan, who said his strength even as a left-handed player is to jump off his left leg and dunk right-handed, had the perfect angle and rhythm in his steps to cleanly slam the ball. The fact that Gonzalez decided to challenge him at the rim, however, took the moment from routine dunk to downright nasty. Farrakhan easily elevated above the attempted block from Gonzalez and threw down a thunderous dunk while getting fouled. He completed the traditional three-point play to give the Hoos a 46-36 edge, the team’s first double-digit lead of the night. It woke up a crowd that seemed to be itching for a boost for the entire half.

Sammy Zeglinski, who had subbed out at the time, got a clear view of the whole thing.

“Oh, I had the best view. I was right on the bench,” Zeglinski said. “We knew. I saw him lick his lips and I knew he was going to go up for it. We all