Austin Peay Earns Spot in NCAA Field

Also, Belmont will dance for third year in a row after A. Sun win
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2008 10:47 PM CST
Austin Peay guard Derek Wright (20) drives past Tennessee State forward Jerrell Houston (3) in the second half of the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball tournament championship game Saturday, March...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Austin Peay is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003 after an 82-64 win over Tennessee State in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament final today, reports the Associated Press. Todd Babington led the way for the Governors (24-10) with 24 points. Austin Peay is headed to its sixth tournament. In other conference tourney action:

  • Belmont will go to its third straight Big Dance after a 79-61 win over Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun conference championship. Shane Dansby led the Bruins (25-8) with 16 points, and Justin Hare and Matthew Dotson both added 14. The Bruins, who rank fourth in the country in 3-pointers, hit 13 against the Dolphins.