CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Mike Brown hit a game-winning, buzzer-beating jumper in overtime to boost Western Carolina over Samford 56-54 Saturday in each teams' regular-season finale.
The win ensures Western Carolina (13-18, 9-9 Southern Conference) the sixth seed in the SoCon tournament. Samford (11-20, 9-9) earned the fifth seed with Appalachian State's win over Chattanooga earlier Saturday.
After neither team scored in the final 4 minutes of regulation, the teams exchanged baskets in overtime, with Raijon Kelly pulling Samford to a 54-54 tie with 1:09 left.
WCU missed a jumper, then Samford turned it over with 16 seconds left. After a Samford defender knocked the ball out of bounds, the Catamounts called timeout with 3 seconds remaining. Brown hit his jumper off the inbound.
Tim Williams had 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead Samford.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski, who missed most of last season with a back injury, says he is returning for another year.
Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Badgers for his senior season.