EKU Heading to the Big Dance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Josh Taylor converted a layup with less
than three seconds left and Eastern Kentucky beat regular-season
champion Austin Peay 63-to-62 tonight for the Ohio Valley
Conference tournament championship.
The Colonels (21-and-11) clinched their seventh NCAA tournament
berth and first since 2005 against the team that had swept them in
the regular season. They also beat Austin Peay in this game two
years ago.
The Governors (21-and-11) struggled through a horrible shooting
performance, going nearly 10 minutes without a point in the second
half. They lost their brief lead in that stretch along with a sixth
NCAA tournament berth and fourth OVC tournament title.
Mike Rose led Eastern Kentucky with 19 points. Leonard finished
with 17, and Darnell Dialls had 12.
Drake Reed, the O-V-C player of the year, had 15 points despite
going 3-of-8 at the free-throw line for Austin Peay. Channels
finished with 14, Fernandez Lockett had 11 and Wright 10.