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Seawolves come back to defeat Anteaters

Beth Bragg
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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As the UC Irvine basketball team warmed up before Saturday's seventh-place game against UAA in the Great Alaska Shootout, guard Daman Starring asked a question:

"What's a Seawolf?"

Forty minutes of basketball later, he had his answer:

It's one of many charge-taking, turnover-forcing, free-throw-hitting Division II players who sent the Anteaters home hungry by coming from behind for a 77-63 victory at Sullivan Arena.

UAA may bear the nickname of a mythological creature, but the Seawolves were the real deal on the final day of the Shootout.

After a slow start, they played with sustained energy not yet seen to pick up their first win of the season and avoid becoming just the seventh team in school history to leave the 34-year-old tournament without a win over a Division I foe.

Taylor Rohde, a 6-foot-9 preseason All-American, sank 16 of 18 free throws -- missing the school record by one -- for a tournament-high 28 points. He was one of four Seawolves to score in double figures, one of six to get a steal and one of at least that many who drew fouls, many of them while playing defense to take the ball out of the Anteaters' hands.

"They beat us by drawing charges," Irvine coach Russell Turner said. "That's a well-coached and awfully committed team."

Rohde, who transfered from Division I Arizona State last season, took two offensive charges and drew six shooting fouls in the first half alone.

"It's a hard thing to do," he said of taking charges, "and we work on it every day in practice."

The Anteaters (0-6) went to the boards hard, especially early -- in the first four minutes, they grabbed seven offensive rebounds and on one possession got off four shots -- and they packed the paint defensively against Rohde.

"The whole tournament I've been dealing with double-team stuff. You just go to the basket hard and try to draw contact," Rohde said.

By drawing so much defensive attention, Rohde helped free up UAA's perimeter shooters, who missed some open looks but still buried 9 of 22 of their 3-pointers.

Abebe Demissie, who came off the bench for 13 points and nine rebounds, hit two early when the Anteaters of the Big West Conference threatened to run away with it by building leads of 7-0, 10-2 and 19-10.

In the second half, Colton Lauwers drilled a deep 3-pointer, his only bucket of the game, to tie the score 52-52 and trigger an 11-4 run that included 3s by Travis Thompson (13 points and 3-of-6 shooting beyond the arc) and Lonnie Ridgeway (11 points and one electrifying block during the run).

Ridgeway's block was one of just two for UAA, which had six shots rejected by Irvine.

"We aren't going to lead the nation in blocks, but if we can we want to step in and take some charges and limit their desire to penetrate," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said. "It takes a bunch of guys willing to do it."

Phillip Hearn is one of those willing to put in a hard-nosed effort; in the first half, he turned in two straight Irvine possessions, first forcing a turnover and then drawing a foul. After getting his team the ball back the second time, he drew a foul while driving to the basket and hit both of his free throws to tie the game 33-33.

That was just a preview to a span in the second half when Irvine turned the ball over on seven straight possessions and the Seawolves turned a 52-49 deficit into a 57-52 lead with 11 minutes, 34 seconds to go.

UAA forced five of the turnovers -- one by committee, two by virtue of steals by Thompson and Steve White, one when Irvine dribbled out of bounds after a block by Rohde and another when Demissie tied up the ball with the possession arrow in UAA's favor. The Seawolves capitalized on three of the seven turnovers

"We got into a rhythm there defensive," Osborne said.

UAA outscored the Anteaters 35-19 in the second half behind a defense that held Irvine to 29.2 percent shooting.

The Anteaters -- the youngest team in Division I basketball, with four freshmen and one sophomore logging double-figure minutes Saturday -- narrowed the gap to 60-59 on sophomore Chis McNealy's 3-pointer at 10:08 and later trailed 64-61 after a pair of free throws by Starring (21 points with 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.

But the Seawolves scored 13 of the final 15 points for the win, with Demissie providing some flash by flying through the lane to put back a 3-point miss by Thompson to make it 66-61.

UAA is 1-2 after three straight Shootout games and plays another three games this week beginning Thursday with a nonconference game against Minot State at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. The Seawolves host the two-day AT&T Jamboree Friday and Saturday, a tournament featuring Minot State, Portland Bible and a UAF team that Friday night in Hawaii lost on a 3-pointer at the buzzer, 66-65, to third-ranked BYU-Hawaii.

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn,com or 257-4335.

UC IRVINE (63) -- Starring 6-10 5-5 21; Davis II 4-8 1-1 9; Flowers 3-5 1-3 9; McNealy 3-10 1-1 8; Wilder 2-7 0-0 6; Folker 2-5 0-0 4; Woods 1-5 1-4 3; Wright 1-5 1-2 3; Best 0-1 0-0 0; Souza 0-1 0-0 0; Bradley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 10-16 63.

UAA (77) -- Rohde 6-15 16-18 28; Demissie 4-6 2-4 13; Thompson 4-9 2-2 13; Ridgeway 5-8 0-3 11; Fossman 2-4 0-0 5; Hearn 1-2 2-2 4; Lauwers 1-5 0-0 3; Gibcus 0-0 0-0 0; Weitzel 0-0 0-0 0; Jackson 0-2 0-0 0; White 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 22-29 77.

UC Irvine 44 19 -- 63

UAA 42 35 -- 77

3-point goals -- UC Irvine 9-25 (Starring 4-6; Flowers 2-4; Wilder 2-7; McNealy 1-3; Wright 0-1; Best 0-1; Woods 0-3), UAA 9-22 (Demissie 3-5; Thompson 3-6; Lauwers 1-3; Ridgeway 1-3; Fossman 1-2; Jackson 0-1; White 0-1; Hearn 0-1). Total Fouls -- UC Irvine 27, UAA 22. Fouled out -- UC Irvine, McNealy; UAA, none. Rebounds -- UC Irvine 35 (McNealy 8), UAA 33 (Rohde 12). Assists -- UC Irvine 13 (Wilder 4), UAA 17 (Thompson 4). Blocks -- UC Irvine 6; UAA 2. Steals -- UC Irvine 5 (Starring 2); UAA 10 (Thompson 4). Officials -- Cota, Corson, Nelson.


By BETH BRAGG
Anchorage Daily News