CSU Bakersfield Clinches 1st-Ever Trip to NCAA Tournament with 3 at Buzzer

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2016

via WAC Digital Network

There isn't a more dramatic way a team can clinch a trip to the NCAA tournament than with a buzzer-beater.

And when that shot clinches a team's first-ever trip to the Big Dance, you won't see a crazier celebration in all of college basketball. 

On Saturday, the California State Bakersfield Roadrunners punched their first ticket to the tournament by beating top-seeded New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference tournament final. With the game tied at 54 in the final seconds, Roadrunners guard Dedrick Basile got his team dancing—both figuratively and literally—by knocking down a three at the buzzer.

A moment like that deserves a few more looks:

Basile's second three of the contest was the biggest shot in program history, and he finished with a game-high 18 points in Cal State Bakersfield's 57-54 victory.

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