Belmont tops Murray St. 70-68 in OT for OVC title - WSMV Channel 4

Belmont tops Murray St. 70-68 in OT for OVC title

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By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kerron Johnson hit a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left, and Belmont capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by beating league power Murray State 70-68 in overtime Saturday night for the tournament championship.

The Bruins (26-6) had won five tournament championships in the Atlantic Sun, and they picked up right where they left off, earning their sixth NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons. The former NAIA program also notched its 1,000th victory in a thriller.

Murray State (21-10) hadn't lost in this final since 2000, and the Racers had a chance at their third championship in four years and 16th overall. A win also would have been their 1,500th.

The Bruins got the ball for Johnson's shot when Isaiah Canaan lost it off his foot for a back-court violation.

The Racers couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

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