Recap: Belmont 70, Murray State 68 (OT)
Belmont 70, Murray State 68 (OT): Kerron Johnson sent the game into overtime with a jumper and nailed the game-winner with 1.2 seconds left to send the Bruins to a thrilling victory in the Ohio Valley Conference title game.Johnson finished with 12 points and six assists while J.J. Mann scored a team-high 18 points to lead Belmont (26-6), which secured its 1,000th program victory.Stacy Wilson scored a game-high 23 points while Isaiah Canaan tallied 22 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for Murray State (21-10), which lost for the first time in its last six OVC title game appearances.In the extra period, Wilson hit a jumper to score the final two of the Racers' six points to take a 68-66 lead with 1:03 remaining. However, Johnson - a first-team all-OVC point guard - recovered from a nasty fall earlier in the overtime to hit a pair of free throws to knot the game at 68 and followed a turnover by Canaan on the next possession with a jumper just inside the lane.
The Racers and Bruins - in the first year in the OVC after leaving the Atlantic Sun Conference following last season - exchanged a number of double-digit runs throughout regulation. Belmont used two 13-0 surges and Murray State enjoyed a 16-2 spurt to lead by as many as 10 in the second half, but the Racers missed five of their final seven free throws in regulation and Johnson's 10-foot fadeaway jumper with 10 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Belmont has won each of its last six conference tournament appearances. … Canaan, a senior, posted his first double-double. … Murray State was denied its 1,500th program win.
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