He got the ball with 10 seconds left and no one in front of him.
What better way to celebrate a Final Four bid than an uncontested dunk?
Nolan drove in, dunked the ball through the hoop and set off a celebration.
Kevin Ollie grabbed his coaches in a bear hug, Ryan Boatright started to flex his muscles and the man who stirs the drink, Shabazz Napier, just smiled.
New coach, new conference, new names -- same result.
UConn, behind 25 points from Napier, returns to the Final Four after a 60-56 win over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden.
It mind as well been Madison Square Gampel, Connecticut South or a home away from home for the Huskies. Nearly 20,000 fans packed the World's Most Famous Arena, and a good 70 percent of them looked to been UConn fans.
That's why Michigan State coach Tom Izzo called a timeout with six seconds to go. It's a classy gesture to the "home" fans to allow them to celebrate.
Geography says Connecticut and New York are different states, but UConn Country knows no borders.
"Yeah, it's kind of unfair," Napier said. "We come here and we plant a lot of seeds here. And our fans come here and as we always say, it's like our third home."
Next stop for the traveling act for UConn is to North Texas (Dallas) for the Final Four where the Huskies play Florida, a team it beat on a last second shot by Napier in December. That was Florida's last loss.
The Huskies gamed planned beautifully against Michigan St., holding the Spartans to a paltry six points in the paint. Adreian Payne scored 13 points on 4 of 14 shooting and was 3 of 10 from 3-point range. Branden Dawson? He had five total points.
The neutralizing of the inside play led to a dual of the guards between Napier, Boatright and State's Gary Harris and Keith Appling.
Harris did his thing with 22 points, but in the end, it was Napier who hit the big shots and made the big plays.
Napier, who was named most outstanding player of the regional, scored 24, 25, 19 and 25 in four games and has put the Huskies on his back. Everyone's talked about Kemba Walker-like run. If he keeps it up, it might turn into a Shabazz Napier run.
The Spartans were up nine early in the second half when Napier hit a 3-pointer to stem the tide. The Huskies turned a 9-point deficit into a 10-point advantage going from down 32-23 with 16:33 left to up 10 at 49-39 with 6:27 left.
"Coach told us to keep our composure," Napier said. "They made their run and it was time for us to make ours, Coach looks at me a certain way, i just know I got to be more aggressive and I got to open shots when my teammates got me the ball."
When the Spartans closed to within 51-49, Napier bailed the Huskies out again with a jumper in the lane.
When Michigan State closed to 53-51 with 30 seconds left, Napier was fouled by Keith Appling and nailed all three free-throws for a 56-51 lead. UConn hit 16 straight free throws down the stretch, so a lead in the final two minutes is nearly insurmountable against the Huskies.
Michigan State wilted at Napier's play.
"His will to win, you could just see it," Harris said of Napier. "He wasn't going to let his team lose. He was the one making the big plays for them at the end, and that's why he is such a great player. Just because you could just see by playing against him, he's a winner and willed his team to victory."
The Final Four is the first for Ollie, in his first NCAA tournament as a coach, four years removed from the NBA and only his second year as head coach.
He took over the program when Jim Calhoun retired suddenly and took over a team facing an NCAA tournament ban.
In two years, he has 50 wins and has the Huskies in the Final Four.
UConn's future always seemed cloudy when Calhoun finally hung up the whistle. Those worries are put to rest for all-time on Sunday.
"I thank coach for giving me this opportunity," Ollie said. "I knew what I had, though. I had faith in my players, I had a great coaching staff, tow of my coaches coached me and got head coach experience, and my belief in God...
I thank (Calhoun) for always being there. I thank (AD Warde Manuel) and my president, that gave me an opportunity and signed me for that one-year deal and then extended me during the season and their faith in me."
When Ollie got to the top of the ladder to cut down the net, he made sure to soak it in. He waved to the crowd, and then put his hand to his ear beckoning the crowd to yell louder.
Entire sections of MSG were still at their seats standing as they celebrated another Final Four bid.
The Huskies are back where they belong.