That sound you hear is bubble teams exhaling all over the country, as the 30-1 Murray State Racers pulled off a last minute comeback 54-52 win over the Tennessee State Tigers to win the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The Racers, who were an at-large lock, will be the OVC's only bid thus keeping open a bubble spot for the major conferences.
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The Tigers were the only team to beat Murray State this season and looked to be in control as they led by seven with just over five minutes to play. But the Racers mounted a furious, quick-strike comeback to even it up at 52-52 with under a minute to play. Tennessee State then turned it over with 30 seconds remaining, as guard Patrick Miller threw it away and the ball went out of bounds all the way at the other end of the floor on the baseline. The Racers took advantage of the giveaway, running the clock down to four seconds when Jewuan Long drove to the hoop and put in a runner off the square to give Murray State the 54-52 lead. Long drew contact as he put the ball up and color analyst Fran Fraschilla insisted it was a charge.
Tennessee State's Miller took the ensuing in-bounds pass the length of the floor before it was knocked away with just over a second to play. With the ball underneath their own hoop, the Tigers would set up a fall-away heave from 25 feet that went well left and ended their hopes for an automatic bid to the dance.
Murray State shot just 22 percent from three-point range, falling behind for much of the second half. Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with 14 points a piece. In a slow-paced sluggish title game, they were the only players in double figures for Steve Prohm's club. They will now have a lengthy break as they enter the NCAA tournament ranked in the top ten in the country.
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