WKU Mississippi Valley State

March 14, 2012 by staff 

WKU Mississippi Valley State, So many things happened in those 5 final, furious minutes that Western Kentucky coach Ray Harper had trouble taking it all in.

“Wow,” he said, his face still flush with March emotion. “I don’t know where to begin.”

How about with that finish? There’s never been one like it in the NCAA tournament.

The only team with a losing record in the NCAA tournament got it started with a classic March comeback — in front of a presidential audience, no less. T.J. Price’s three-point play with 33 seconds to go completed the Hilltoppers’ rally from a 16-point deficit over the last 5 minutes for a 59-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had front-row seats to see the tournament open with a ragged game that had a record ending. It was the biggest margin overcome by a team in the final 5 minutes to win an NCAA tournament game, the organization said.

The previous best: Illinois overcame a 15-point deficit in the last 5 minutes to beat Arizona 90-89 in overtime in a regional final in 2005.

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