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Murray State wins the Great Alaska Shootout

Jeremy Peters
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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The Murray State Racers point to the banners of other Great Alaska Shootout champions hanging in the Sullivan Arena. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi's Angelo Johnson, left, defends Murray State's Isaiah Canaan. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Murray State's Isaiah Canaan looks at a Southern Mississippi competitor after making a three point shot in overtime. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Isaiah Canaan, center, and the rest of the Murray State Racers celebrate their title. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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The Murray State bench celebrates their team's play in the second overtime. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Torye Pelham and Angelo Johnson of Southern Mississippi sit on the bench as the minutes tick away as Murray State celebrates clinches it's 90 to 81 championship victory over Southern Mississippi in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State celebrates it's 90 to 81 championship victory over Southern Mississippi in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State's Zay Jackson shoots over Southern Mississippi's Jonathan Mills, left, and LaShay Page. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi's Rashard McGill, left, and Murray State's Donte Poole dive for the ball in the first half. Southern Mississippi played Murray State in the championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi coach Larry Eustachy talks with Torye Pelham. Southern Mississippi played Murray State in the championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi's Neil Watson, left, passes the ball as Murray State's Donte Poole defends. Southern Mississippi played Murray State in the championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Ivan Aska of Murray State, and Neil Watson, of Southern Mississippi, crash into the sidelines as the went for the loose ball in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Ed Daniel, of Murray State, draws a foul as he strips the ball from Jonathan Mills of Southern Mississippi, in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State's Ivan Aska and Southern Mississippi's Neil Watson fall out of bounds. Southern Mississippi played Murray State in the championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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San Francisco's Cody Doolin, front, and New Mexico State's Hernst Laroche hit the floor in the second half. New Mexico State beat San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Wendell McKines, of New Mexico State, slam dunks the ball against San Francisco in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Hernst Laroche, of New Mexico State, has his shooting arm grabbed by Cole Dickerson, of San Francisco in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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New Mexico State's Bandja Sy, right, celebrates the win with his teammates and coaches. New Mexico State beat San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Rex Walters head coach of San Francisco disputes a call against New Mexico State men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Tshilidzi Nephawe, of New Mexico State, tries to block the shot of Rashad Green, of San Francisco, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Angelo Caloiaro gets help from his San Francisco teammates after he crashed under the New Mexico State basket in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Christian Kabongo left, and Tshilidzi Nephawe, of New Mexico State, Cole Dickerson, of San Francisco, go for the rebound in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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New Mexico State Vs. San Francisco in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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New Mexico State Vs. San Francisco in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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New Mexico State's Daniel Mullings reaches for a block on a shot by San Francisco's Michael Williams. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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San Francisco's Michael Williams drives to the hoop. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Wendell McKines tries to keep control of the ball in front of San Francisco's Cody Doolin. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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New Mexico State's Wendell McKines reaches for a steal on San Francisco's Michael Williams. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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New Mexico State assistant coach Tony Delk. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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San Francisco's Dominique O'Connor, left, and New Mexico State's Hernst Laroche collide. New Mexico State played San Francisco on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Daniel Mullings, of New Mexico State, slips as he guards Cody Doolin, of San Francisco in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Central Michigan's Zach Saylor faces a Dartmouth defender. Central Michigan faced Dartmouth on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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John Golden, of Dartmouth, draws a foul as he and Austin Keel, of Central Michigan, collide in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Olivier Mbaigoto, of Central Michigan, picks up the loose ball after Austin McBroom of Central Michigan, and R.J Griffin, of Dartmouth, dove for it in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Austin McBroom of Central Michigan, and R.J Griffin, of Dartmouth, go for the loose ball in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Trey Zeigler, of Central Michigan, goes to the basket with Gabas Maldunas, of Dartmouth, on defense in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Dartmouth's Mack McKearney has his shot blocked by Central Michigan's Olivier Mbaigoto. Central Michigan faced Dartmouth on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Central Michigan's Derek Jackson and Dartmouth's John Golden compete for a rebound at right. Central Michigan faced Dartmouth on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Dartmouth's David Rufful gets tripped up along the baseline. Central Michigan faced Dartmouth on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Austin Keel, of Central Michigan, goes to the basket under agresive defense of John Golden, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Olivier Mbaigoto, of Central Michigan, blocks a Dartmouth shot in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Zach Salyor and Trey Zeigler, of Central Michigan, go for the rebound on either side of John Golden, of Dartmouth, in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Central Michigan's Derek Jackson looks for a long pass as Dartmouth's Tyler Melville chases. Central Michigan faced Dartmouth on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Trey Zeigler, of Central Michigan, dribbles behind his back on his way to the basket with John Golden, of Dartmouth, on defense in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA's Lonnie Ridgeway defends against UC Irvine's Chris McNealy, right. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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UAA coach Rusty Osborne talks to his team. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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UAA's Taylor Rohde celebrates the win with teammates. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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From left, Abebe Demissie, Travis Thompson and Marcus Jackson cheer from the bench in the closing minutes. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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UAA's Abebe Demissie cheers his team from the bench at left. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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UAA's Abebe Demissie cheers his team from the bench at left. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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UAA head coach Rusty Osborne directs his team against UC Irvine. UAA defeated UC Irvine 77 to 63 in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Taylor Rohde, of UAA steals the ball from Aaron Wright, UC Irvine, under Irvine's basket. UAA defeated UC Irvine 77 to 63 in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Abebe Demissie, of UAA goes up for the rebound against UC Irvine. UAA defeated UC Irvine 77 to 63 in men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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UAA's Taylor Rohde tries to control the ball in front of UC Irvine's Aaron Wright. UAA men's basketball beat UC Irvine, 77-63, on the final day of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State defeated Southern Mississippi 90 to 81 in a double overtime championship game in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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The Murray State Racers point to the banners of other Great Alaska Shootout champions hanging in the Sullivan Arena. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Southern Mississippi's Angelo Johnson, left, defends Murray State's Isaiah Canaan. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Murray State's Isaiah Canaan looks at a Southern Mississippi competitor after making a three point shot in overtime. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Isaiah Canaan, center, and the rest of the Murray State Racers celebrate their title. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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The Murray State bench celebrates their team's play in the second overtime. Murray State beat Southern Mississippi in double over time to win championship game of the 2011 Great Alaska Shootout on Saturday, November 26, 2011.
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Torye Pelham and Angelo Johnson of Southern Mississippi sit on the bench as the minutes tick away as Murray State celebrates clinches it's 90 to 81 championship victory over Southern Mississippi in the men's division of the 2011 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at the Sullivan Arena.
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Murray State's Isaiah Canaan and Stacy Wilson put on a show Saturday at the Sullivan Arena, combining for 18 of their team's 21 overtime points to carry the Racers to a 90-81 win over Southern Mississippi, the first double-overtime victory in the 34-year history of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.

Wilson was an unlikely hero. After scoring five points and playing 13 minutes in regulation, he exploded for eight points in the final five minutes. His game-changing plays included a deep 3-pointer, a long 2-point jumper and an emphatic dunk that put the Racers up 84-76 with 1:21 on the clock. When his feet hit the floor following the dunk, Wilson pumped his fist.

"That changed the game, that really changed the momentum," he said. "We stuck together and got it done as a team."

Canaan's 10 overtime points gave the 6-foot guard 36 points and tied him for the eighth highest single-game point total in the Shootout's 34-year history.

The game was tied 69-69 after regulation and 72-72 after the first overtime. In the first overtime, LeShay Page drained a deep 3-pointer to give Southern Miss its first lead of the game, 72-69. Canaan answered with a bomb of his own to send it to another overtime.

Murray State (7-0) followed a pattern in all three of its Shootout games, building leads only to see them dissipate. When the Racers built their final lead against Southern Miss (4-2), they did so in thrilling fashion.

"That's fitting," Murray State's first-year coach Steve Prohm said. "We played three close games and we learned a lot. It's great for this team to be a part of this."

Murray State beat San Francisco by three points in the semifinals, after squeaking past UAA 64-62 in the first round.

When the Racers needed a big play Saturday, Canaan was almost always in the mix. Whether he was grabbing one of his eight rebounds or hitting one of his game-high six 3-pointers, he came through again and again.

"Players win games," Prohm said. "Coaches just get 'em to the gym. Isaiah was tremendous."

Canaan scored seven points in the second overtime, including an amazing drive down the right lane to begin the period and a 3-pointer from the left corner that put the Racers up 80-72 with just more than two minutes remaining.

Canaan posed a little when he released his final trey, as if he knew the ball would find the bottom of the net, but he still looked as calm as could be as he jogged back up the court, a trademark of his play throughout the tournament.

"I gotta stay calm," Canaan said. "I don't like to show a lot of emotion unless it's good."

Even when Canaan would make a rare mistake, like the moment he dribbled a ball off his leg early in the first overtime. He just wrinkled his forehead and kept chewing his gum and got back on defense. When crunch time arrived, Canaan knew the ball needed to be in his hands.

"I knew a lot of effort was going to come from me. I can't take any plays off," Canaan said. "I was tired, but I had to push through it."

The Golden Eagles were kept in the game by Angelo Johnson, who scored 11 first-half points on 4 of 7 shooting.

Johnson, who finished with a team-high 29 points, repeatedly pressured the Murray State defense with hard drives to the rim in the early going of the second half. Jonathan Mills was another spark plug for Southern Miss. Six of his eight rebounds were offensive and most of his 12 points were a result of taking those offensive boards back to the rim with force.

Page (16 points) said the Golden Eagles played with higher energy in the second half, in large part because of a halftime speech from coach Larry Eustachy.

"Coach went in there and motivated us, told us we weren't playing as hard as we could," Page said.

Page's big 3-pointer was one of two shots made in the first overtime. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the other was 3-pointer from Canaan with 53 seconds left.

"To be in Alaska, in a place I thought I never woulda been, it feels great," said Canaan.

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

MURRAY STATE (90) -- Canaan 11-22 8-8 36; Wilson 5-9 1-2 13; Poole 4-8 2-2 12; Long 4-8 2-4 10; Daniel 2-4 4-7 8; Aska 3-9 0-1 6; Garrett 1-1 1-1 3; Mushatt 1-1 0-0 2; Jackson,Zay 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 18-25 90.

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (81) -- Johnson 10-21 6-7 29; Page 5-13 4-4 16; Watson 3-10 5-5 12; Mills 4-8 4-5 12; McGill 1-6 5-6 7; Bolden 1-3 0-0 3; Pelham 1-5 0-0 2; Phillips 0-0 0-0 0; Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 24-27 81.

Murray State 39 30 3 18 -- 90

Southern Miss 27 42 3 9 -- 81

3-point goals -- Murray State 10-21 (Canaan 6-11; Poole 2-5; Wilson 2-4; Long 0-1), Southern Mississippi 7-22 (Johnson 3-5; Page 2-10; Bolden 1-1; Watson 1-4; McGill 0-2). Fouled out -- Poole. Rebounds -- Murray State 41 (Daniel 9), Southern Miss 36 (Mills 8). Assists -- Murray State 15 (Long 5), Southern Miss 6 (Johnson 3). Total fouls -- Murray State 21, Southern Mississippi 21. Turnovers -- Murray 18 (Canaan 6), Southern Miss 15 (Watson 5). Blocked shots -- Murray State 7 (Daniel 3), Southern Miss 2. Steals -- Murray State 8 (3 with 2), Southern Miss 9 (Pelham 5). Officials -- Stith, Hernandez, Lujan.


By JEREMY PETERS
Anchorage Daily News