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Racers survive scare at buzzer

Jeremy Peters
New Mexico State's Christian Kabongo starts a fast break after a turnover by Southrn Mississippi's LaShay Page, right. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Tyrone Watson powers toward the hoop at center. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Wendell McKines dunks an alley-oop fed to him by his teammate Hernst Laroche, bottom center. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Wendell McKines, left, and Southern Mississippi's Maurice Bolden dive after a loose ball. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Stacy Wilson cheers from the bench in the final minutes. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Jewuan Long shows relief after the final buzzer sounds in a close finish. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State head coach Steve Prohm yells from the sidelines in the second half. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Cody Doolin attempts a 3-point shot at the buzzer which he missed in an attempt to try to tie the game. Murray State's Ed Daniel leaps in front of him. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murrayt State's Jewuan Long celebrates with his teammates after the final buzzer. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Avery Johnson breaks up the court as Murray State's Stacy Wilson chases. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Angelo Caloiaro takes a charge from Murray State's Donte Poole. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Stacy Wilson gets caught in a trap on the sidelines by San Francisco's Rashad Green and Perris Blackwell, right. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Cody Doolin looses control of the ball as Murray State's Ed Daniel and Isaiah Cannan defend at left. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, left, and Ivan Aska, right, try to scoop up a loose ball from San Francisco Angelo Caloiaro. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy talks to his team. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Kyle Fossman, Liam Gibcus, and Steve White, of UAA, and John Golden and Matt LaBove, of Dartmouth, go up for the rebound in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Steve White, of UAA, drives the baseline against Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Steve White, of UAA, leans over backwards as Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, pulls the rebound away in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Lonnie Ridgeway and Taylor Rohde UAA go fro the rebound against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Sophi Fowler leads the charge for UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Travis Thompson, of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Steve White, of UAA drives against Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Steve White, of UAA goes for the rebound against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Abebe Demissie, of UAA shoots against Jvonte Brooks, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Travis Thompson, of UAA drives against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Head Caoch Rusty Osborne of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Head Caoch Rusty Osborne of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, and Phillip Hearn, of UAA, both contest their innocence in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Finis Craddock, of Central Michigan, grabs the loose ball as Daman Starring, of UC Irvine, is to late to the ball in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Finis Craddock, of Central Michigan, is tied up by Daman Starring and Collin Woods, of UC Irvine, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Trey Zeigler, of Central Michigan, comes down on Adam Folker, of UC Irvine, as he leans on Zach Saylor, of Central Michigan, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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New Mexico State's Christian Kabongo starts a fast break after a turnover by Southrn Mississippi's LaShay Page, right. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Tyrone Watson powers toward the hoop at center. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
New Mexico State's Wendell McKines dunks an alley-oop fed to him by his teammate Hernst Laroche, bottom center. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Wendell McKines, left, and Southern Mississippi's Maurice Bolden dive after a loose ball. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Stacy Wilson cheers from the bench in the final minutes. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Jewuan Long shows relief after the final buzzer sounds in a close finish. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State head coach Steve Prohm yells from the sidelines in the second half. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Cody Doolin attempts a 3-point shot at the buzzer which he missed in an attempt to try to tie the game. Murray State's Ed Daniel leaps in front of him. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murrayt State's Jewuan Long celebrates with his teammates after the final buzzer. Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Avery Johnson breaks up the court as Murray State's Stacy Wilson chases. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Angelo Caloiaro takes a charge from Murray State's Donte Poole. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Stacy Wilson gets caught in a trap on the sidelines by San Francisco's Rashad Green and Perris Blackwell, right. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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San Francisco's Cody Doolin looses control of the ball as Murray State's Ed Daniel and Isaiah Cannan defend at left. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, left, and Ivan Aska, right, try to scoop up a loose ball from San Francisco Angelo Caloiaro. The San Francisco Dons faced the Murray State Racers in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy talks to his team. New Mexico State faced Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Kyle Fossman, Liam Gibcus, and Steve White, of UAA, and John Golden and Matt LaBove, of Dartmouth, go up for the rebound in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Steve White, of UAA, drives the baseline against Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Steve White, of UAA, leans over backwards as Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, pulls the rebound away in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Lonnie Ridgeway and Taylor Rohde UAA go fro the rebound against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Sophi Fowler leads the charge for UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Travis Thompson, of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Steve White, of UAA drives against Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Steve White, of UAA goes for the rebound against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Abebe Demissie, of UAA shoots against Jvonte Brooks, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Travis Thompson, of UAA drives against Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Head Caoch Rusty Osborne of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Head Caoch Rusty Osborne of UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA Vs. Dartmouth in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Jabari Trotter, of Dartmouth, and Phillip Hearn, of UAA, both contest their innocence in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
UC Irvine Vs. Central Michigan in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News

San Francisco's final 3-point attempt could have tied a game in which the Dons never held a lead, but when Angelo Caloiaro's shot clanged off the left side of the rim at the Sullivan Arena on Friday, Murray State's 70-67 semifinal win at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout was complete.

The win earned the Racers (6-0) a spot in today's championship game, where they will face the winner of Friday's late semifinal between New Mexico State and Southern Mississipi.

"We're very excited to be in the championship game," Murray State coach Steve Prohm said. "I'm really proud of our seniors, proud of their efforts. Our guys played too hard to give it away at the end."

The Racers led 30-19 at halftime, but flirted with disaster as the second half wound down, allowing San Francisco (5-2) to creep within three points. A jump shot from San Francisco's Michael Williams cut the lead to 58-55 with 2:20 remaining.

The Dons' defense nearly provided an opportunity to cut the lead further, but Murray State's Ivan Aska, a 6-foot-7 senior, made a about a 30-foot 3-pointer as the shot-clock approached zero, pushing the lead back to 61-55 with 1:34 to play.

"We play great defense and force their big man into a shot with a hand in his face, I can live with that shot," Walters said.

San Francisco didn't seem phased by Aska's bomb. The Dons came right back with an old-fashioned three-point play from Cody Doolin, who scored on a drive to right side of the rim and was fouled. His subsequent free-throw cut the lead back to three points, and then a quick steal by San Francisco's Angelo Caloiaro set up a layup for Rashad Green to cut the lead 61-60.

"It was a close game," Green said. "I felt like we could win it."

Green, who led San Francisco with 23 points, was a force over the game's closing minutes. After failing to reach the free throw line in the first half, his aggressive drives to the rim near the end of the game helped him finish 8 of 10 from the foul line.

"He's one of the most competitive guys I've coached," Walters said.

In the end it was free throws that sealed the win for Murray State, Jewuan Long went 4 for 4 from the foul line over the final 11 seconds to maintain the Racers' lead.

"We are always working on our free throws," Murray State's Donte Poole said. "Everybody made their free throws down the stretch to help us win."

Poole was almost single handedly responsible for the Racers' early lead. He made four of the Racers' first six field goals, all four shots coming from beyond the arc. Though contained by San Francisco in the second half, Poole still finished with a team-high 22 points, followed by Isaiah Canaan's 21 points.

For a while it appeared Poole and Canaan were the only Racers capable of scoring as they repeatedly found open jump shots and turned out to be the only Racers to score in the first 22 minutes of play. Pool finished with 16 first-half points, and Canaan nailed three 3-pointers on his way to 14 first-half points.

"We should have been able to stop that," Walters said. "I won't fault our effort. In the second half, we fought really hard."

Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

MURRAY STATE (70) -- Daniel 0-1 0-0 0; Poole 6-9 6-7 22; Aska 4-8 1-2 10; Canaan 7-13 3-4 21; Long 3-5 4-4 12; Wilson 0-4 0-0 0; Mushatt 0-0 0-0 0; Jackson 0-1 2-2 2; Garrett 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 20-42 19-23 70.

SAN FRANCISCO (67) -- Blackwell 3-4 0-0 6; Caloiaro 1-7 3-4 6; Williams 2-9 5-6 10; Green 7-10 8-10 23; Doolin 8-11 1-1 18; O'Connor 0-0 0-0 0; Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Raffington 0-1 0-0 0; Dickerson 2-3 0-1 4. Totals 23-34 17-22 67.

MURRAY STATE 30 40 - 70

SAN FRANCISCO 19 48 - 67

3-point goals -- Murray State 11-19 (Poole 4-6, Aska 1-1, Canaan 4-7, Long 2-2, Wilson 0-2, Jackson 0-1. San Francisco 4-16 (Caloiaro 1-4, Williams 1-7, Green 1-2, Doolin 1-2, Dickerson 0-1). Total fouls -- Murray State 17, San Francisco 22. Fouled out -- San Francisco (Blackwell). Rebounds -- Murray State 20 (Canaan 7), San Francisco 25 (Doolin 5). Assists -- Murray State 12 (Long 5), San Francisco 15 (Doolin 5). Turnovers -- Murray State 14 (Canaan 4), San Francisco 15 (Green 4). Steals -- Murray State 6, San Francisco 8 (Caloiaro, O'Connor, 2). Blocks -- Murray State 3 (Long 2), San Francisco 0. Officials -- Cota, McClellan, McNew.

Photos: Great Alaska Shootout -- Women's Bracket
By JEREMY PETERS
Anchorage Daily News