TAMPA, Fla. (AP) It was the shot of his life, and the shot of the tournament.
Ty Rogers hit a long 3-pointer with three defenders in his face and no time on the clock, and 12th-seeded Western Kentucky stunned Drake 101-99 in overtime Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's West Regional.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (28-5) overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 8 minutes of regulation and led 99-98 after Jonathan Cox's two free throws with 5.7 seconds to play. But Tyrone Brazelton raced across midcourt and kicked it to Rogers, whose 26-footer from the wing gave the Hilltoppers (28-6) their first tournament victory since 1995.
Brazelton finished with a career-high 33 points for Western Kentucky.
Cox had a career-high 29 points and 16 boards for Drake, which was making its first tournament appearance since 1971.
Rogers' final shot was the 30th 3-pointer of the game, breaking the previous NCAA mark set by West Virginia and Louisville two years ago.
Western Kentucky and Drake combined for 70 3-point attempts, also breaking the previous record of 66 set by UCLA and Cincinnati in 2002.
Rogers danced his way back to the other end of the floor, where he was mobbed by teammates across from the dejected Drake bench. The celebration moved back to the other end, where the senior reserve pounded his chest before the Hilltopper faithful.
Brazelton said the winning play was designed to get the ball to the rim since the Hilltoppers only trailed by one. But coming out of the timeout, Rogers told Brazelton he had a slightly different plan in mind.
"He said, 'Don't be afraid to kick it to me,"' Brazelton said.
And he wasn't. Brazelton crossed halfcourt, zigged to his right and threw a perfect pass right to Rogers' hands.
"It kind of worked out good," Rogers said, in the understatement of the tournament so far.