7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2011
Solomon Bozeman's late 3-pointer helps Arkansas-Little Rock edge North Texas
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- Solomon Bozeman stood on the court, staring into the crowd.The senior had just hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining to put Arkansas-Little Rock ahead of North Texas in the Sun Belt Conference championship game, and Bozeman wasn't quite ready to let the moment end on Tuesday night.Bozeman's coaches were eventually able to guide him to the bench for a timeout after the shot, reminding him there was still time left.After a UALR steal secured the 64-63 win, the Sun Belt's Player of the Year was able to begin celebrating the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament in 21 years.
• Solomon Bozeman capped a 20-point night with the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left as Arkansas-Little Rock rallied from seven points down with 1:42 to go.
• Arkansas-Little Rock won its first Sun Belt tournament and earned its first NCAA tournament bid since 1990.
• The Trojans, who entered the tournament on a three-game losing streak, won four games in four days to earn their fourth-ever NCAA bid.
• Josh White had 17 points and Tristan Thompson added 15 in a losing cause for North Texas.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Conference USA Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-55 (.400)||21-52 (.404)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-14 (.357)||5-11 (.455)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-16 (.938)||16-20 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
Next 5 Games
Butler (against Milwaukee) and Arkansas Little-Rock (against North Texas) followed the lead of Saint Peter's (against Iona) and Wofford (against Charleston) last night. All 4 teams were swept in the regular season by the team they faced in the conference championship game. However, those 4 teams won when it mattered and punched their ticket to the big dance.
ESPN Stats & Information