Friday, March 21, 2008

W. Kentucky buzzer beater

When Western Kentucky broke its timeout huddle with 5 seconds left in overtime and trailing Drake by one point in Tampa, Hilltoppers guard Ty Rogers pulled point guard Tyrone Brazelton aside.

"Don't be afraid to kick it to me," Rogers said.
Brazleton remembered. With the clocking ticking toward zero, Brazelton found Rogers from deep beyond the 3-point line on the right side. Rogers launched the shot -- and with the buzzer sounding as the ball arched through the air -- it went in. Western Kentucky had a 101-99 victory and the most noteable kind of upset -- a 12th seed beating a No. 5.

It was probably the game of the tournament so far. Western Kentucky led by 16 points in the second half, but the Bulldogs' pressure defense, as well as a barrage of 3-pointers, brought Drake back.
Drake shot 42 3s and made 16 of them.

"What you just saw," said Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn, "is what makes this event special."
--David Scott