2:30 PM ET, March 18, 2010
Thomas buzzer-beater propels Murray St. to first tourney win since 1988
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Murray State coach Billy Kennedy went with his gut and drew up a play his team had never run before, with Isacc Miles the go-to guy at the end.Third option Danero Thomas became the hero instead.Thomas hit a 15-footer as the buzzer sounded and 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4 seed Vanderbilt 66-65 on Thursday in an NCAA tournament opener in the West Regional.
• Murray State used Danero Thomas' jumper at the buzzer to secure its first NCAA tournament victory since 1988 and second overall tournament win in 14 appearances.
• The Racers' win marks the third straight year a 13 seed has beaten a No. 4 seed.
• Vanderbilt has now dropped two straight first-round games as a No. 4 seed (2008).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 18: Forward Andre Walker #24 of the Vanderbilt Commodores goes up for a shot against the...(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-60 (.417)||22-50 (.440)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-15 (.467)||4-12 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-17 (.529)||17-29 (.586)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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