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Beth Bragg
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State beat San Francisco, 70-67, in the second round of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Friday, November 25, 2011.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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.
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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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.
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.
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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
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

In a game filled with one thrilling acrobatic play after another, it was Southern Mississippi's tightrope act that prevailed Friday night at Sullivan Arena.

With six of their eight players in serious foul trouble with more than 10 minutes to play against New Mexico State, the Golden Eagles remained aggressive, came from behind against a tough, athletic team and somehow survived their foul trouble to move into the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.

In fact, they didn't just survive, they thrived en route to an 80-72 victory over the previously undefeated Aggies.

"We had to grow up from little boys to grown men," said LaShay Page, a 6-foot-2 junior guard who shot the lights out for Southern Miss.

It was best game of the tournament, an up-tempo contest with soaring layups, clutch shooting and body-banging in the paint. If you happen to live in Hattiesburg, you're in luck -- these teams play again in a week at Southern Miss.

Southern Miss (4-1), which played eight players, had three with four fouls and three with three with 10 minutes to play. By the five-minute mark, it had five with four fouls. From that point on, anywhere from three to four players with four fouls were on the court for the Golden Eagles.

"With all the fouls, we played some lineups we haven't played this early in the season," Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy said.

New Mexico State (4-1) led by four points at the half and maintained that lead early in the second half. Four minutes into the period, the Aggies were already in the bonus and looked like they would ride Southern Miss's foul troubles to victory.

But Page's long-range shooting -- he hit his first five shots of the half, three from 3-point range -- helped the Golden Eagles steal the lead. Page (22 points on 9 of 12 shooting) scored all eight points in an 8-2 run that put his team in the lead for good, 53-48, with 12:14 to go.

"We can shoot the ball from a lot of places," Eustachy said, "and that makes up for a lot of deficiencies."

As is their MO, the Aggies prospered at the foul line, hitting 30 of 44 free throws. Christian Kabongo hit 15 of 15 to set a new Shootout record for free-throw success, beating the old mark of 12 of 12 shared by DePaul's Bobby Simmons in 2000 and Vanderbilt's Phil Cox in 1982.

Kabongo led New Mexico State with 19 points and five assists, Wendell McKines added 17 points and five rebounds and Tyrone Watson scored 10 points.

Southern Miss got a boost from Maurice Bolden, who scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds before fouling out, and Neil Watson, who hit 8 of 9 foul shots on his way to 12 points.

Giving the Golden Eagles critical minutes off the bench as the fouls mounted was Jonathan Mills, who delivered 11 rebounds and nine points.

Both teams crashed the boards after nearly every missed shot, and both had their share of offensive rebounds -- 11 for New Mexico State and 13 for Southern Miss, six of which came from Mills. Southern Miss won the rebounding battle 38-26.

Fouls claimed two players from each team, including Kabongo. But none of the Aggies were in serious foul trouble until the end.

The Golden Eagles face Murray State tonight at 8 for the championship, and New Mexico State plays for third place at 5:30 p.m. against San Francisco.

Photos: Great Alaska Shootout -- Women's Bracket
By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn,com