Former Lexington Christian Academy standout Taylor Barnette hit a three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left and finished with nine points as the Belmont Bruins upset No. 25 Murray State 88-87 on Saturday night to win the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship and clinch their seventh NCAA Tournament berth.
The Bruins (22-10) knocked off defending tournament champ Eastern Kentucky in the semifinals and beat Murray State, the regular-season champ, to earn their first NCAA berth since 2013.
Kentucky Wesleyan 82, Central State 65: KWC coach and former Georgetown College coach Happy Osborne won his 500th career collegiate victory when KWC defeated Central State (Ohio) in the semifinals of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship in Philippi, W.Va. His record is 500-100 (83.3 percent) ... 44-16 (two years) at Ky. Wesleyan and 456-84 (15 years) at Georgetown.
Sophomore guard and former Madison Central player Ken-Jah Bosley became the 40th KWC player to score over 1,000 points.
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Old Dominion 75, WKU 52: Trey Freeman scored 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Old Dominion routed WKU, winning its 21st straight home game in the regular-season finale.
WKU 71, Old Dominion 62: WKU closed out a record regular season with a win to finish the schedule with a 27-4 record, tying the school record for wins in a regular season.
LSU 81, No. 18 Arkansas 78: The 18th-ranked Razorbacks overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to take a late lead against visiting LSU, but the Tigers made two three-pointers in the final 58 seconds — including one at the buzzer. Keith Hornsby's three-pointer as time expired deflated a sold-out crowd at Bud Walton Arena. The Tigers (22-9, 11-7) picked up a big win for its NCAA Tournament hopes after the surprising loss to Tennessee on Wednesday.
Alabama 61, Texas A&M 60: Retin Obasohan scored 12 points and three other Alabama players scored in double figures as the Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M in Reed Arena in College Station.The Aggies, trailing 61-60 with 10.7 seconds left, turned to Peyton Allen following a timeout, but the freshman missed a three with 3 seconds left.
Georgia 64, Auburn 61: J.J. Frazier hit two free throws with 4.9 seconds left and the Bulldogs held off host Auburn in the regular-season finale. The Bulldogs (20-10, 11-7 SEC) avoided a potentially costly blow to their NCAA hopes with clutch free-throw shooting.
Mississippi State 52, Missouri 43: Craig Sword had a game-high 15 points to lead Mississippi State. It was the Bulldogs' largest margin of victory in an SEC game this season.
South Carolina 60, Tennessee 49: South Carolina believes it's heating up just in time for the SEC tournament. The Gamecocks closed with a victory at Tennessee that showed they had regained their shooting touch.
Vanderbilt 86, Mississippi 77: Riley LaChance scored 19 points to lead the Commodores (19-12, 9-9 SEC) over Ole Miss. (20-11, 11-7 SEC) in Oxford. M.J. Rhett was the leading scorer for the Rebels, with 18.