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:
Zach Ewing @zewing
Basile at the buzza https://t.co/AzfRleROEL3/13/2016, 6:01:53 AM
Jason Erickson @JasonErickson_
Congrats @CSUBAthletics @CoreyCostelloe @CSUBZiggy on the title. That was fun to watch. #WACvegas https://t.co/s0sYhSKxCf3/13/2016, 6:08:34 AM
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.
[WAC Digital Network, Twitter]
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