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Should this game-winning shot have counted?

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

Rivals Murray State and Austin Peay regularly produce overtime games, back-and-forth classics and buzzer-beating finishes, but a matchup between the OVC powers has never been decided by a smaller margin than Saturday's 65-63 Racers victory.

Take a look at this YouTube clip of this game-winning jumper from Murray State's Isacc Miles and see if you can tell whether it beat the final buzzer. The final possession begins at the 2:20 mark of the video and the clearest replay of Miles' shot comes at 4:09.

Austin Peay had just tied the score on a pair of free throws from John Fraley with 4.1 seconds left when Miles took the inbound pass, dribbled as fast as he could down court and pulled up inside the three-point line to the left of the top of the key.

As Miles' Murray State teammates mobbed him in front of their bench, referees briefly reviewed video of the shot before ruling that it should count. Austin Peay coach Dave Loos got nose-to-nose with referees in hopes of getting them to overturn the call, but to no avail.

"One of the assistant coaches saw it and thought it was still in his hands, but that's not what they ruled," Loos told the The Leaf-Chronicle.

Said Murray State coach Bill Kennedy, "I thought it was good."

Thanks to Miles' shot, Murray State improved to 22-3 on the season, remained undefeated in league play and completed a season sweep of Austin Peay. The Governors (14-11, 8-5) had a four-game win streak snapped, but could get another shot at the Racers in the OVC tournament title game.

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