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Peterson punches Morehead's ticket to Big Dance

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

Freshman Steve Peterson was on the floor in the waning minutes of Morehead's double-overtime thriller with Austin Peay, only because starting guard Demonte Harper had fouled out. But with two seconds left in the second OT of the OVC Tournament championship game, Peterson suddenly found the ball in his hands and his Eagles tied with Peay, 65-65.

Freshman Steve Peterson was on the floor in the waning minutes of Morehead's double-overtime thriller with Austin Peay, only because starting guard Demonte Harper had fouled out.  But with two seconds left in the second OT of the OVC Tournament championship game, Peterson suddenly found the ball in his hands and his Eagles tied with Peay, 65-65.

With the slightest of head fakes, Peterson dribble once along the baseline and rose up, knocking in just his 50th and 51st points of the year (Jodie Meeks had 54 points vs. Tennessee).  With his only field goal of the game, Peterson gave Morehead State the OVC Tournament title and its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1984.

If the first half was ho-hum, the second period didn't lack for excitement.  The Eagles used an 11-0 run to get back into the game, and then with the clock running out on regulation, Brandon Shingles lobbed a perfectly timed pass to Kenneth Faried for what appeared to be the game winner. 

Faried is the one guy who could play for just about any team in the country.  He's got a constant bounce in his game -- he's a high flying showman who's one of the nation's best rebounders.

But Austin Peay hurried back down the court and Caleb Brown banked in a loose ball to send the game into overtime.

ESPN, which put the game on ESPNU, had not one, not two, but three potential plays of the day, including Peterson's dagger.

Congrats to coach Donnie Tyndall, who is just the second Morehead coach to take the Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in the last 25 years.   WKYT's Wayne Martin led MSU to back-to-back tournaments in 1983 and 1984.

It's a remarkable feat, considering the Eagles started the season with six straight losses, nine of their first 15.

Morehead State now must wait until Selection Sunday to see who they will play in the NCAA Tournament.  No matter who it is, the Eagles already have surpassed expectations and thrilled their fans and community with one of the most scintillating wins in school history.

Go Eagles.

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