WKU Buzzer Beats Drake in OT

Rogers hits 3-pointer at buzzer to finish upset
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 4:54 PM CDT
Western Kentucky's Ty Rogers (5) celebrates with teammate Matt Maresca (41) after hitting the game-winning shot against Drake in overtime today. Western Kentucky won 101-99.    (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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(Newser) – Western Kentucky finally brought madness to the NCAA Tournament today. The Hilltopper's Ty Rogers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to give his squad a 101-99 win over 14th-ranked Drake, the 5th seed in the West Region, reports the Associated Press. The Bulldogs had scrambled back from 16 down in the final eight minutes of regulation to tie, and Jonathan Cox hit two free throws with 5.7 seconds left in OT for short-lived lead.

Tyrone Brazelton, however, quickly brought the ball across mid-court and kicked to Rogers, who hit his shot from near the right sideline with three defenders in his face. The Hilltoppers (28-6) meant the play to go inside, but Rogers told Brazelton to not be afraid to kick it out. "It kind of worked out good," Rogers said. The Bulldogs finish (27-6).