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Middle Tennessee 63, South Alabama 60, OT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Kevin Kanaskie made a driving jumper with 33 seconds left as Middle Tennessee beat top-seeded South Alabama 63-to-60 in overtime today in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Lafayette.

The ninth-seeded Blue Raiders hit six of eight free throws in the final 28 seconds of regulation.

South Alabama had a chance to tie the game as time ran out when Daon Merritt intentionally missed a free throw with two seconds left. But Carlos Smith's three-point shot came after the buzzer.

The loss was the fourth straight for South Alabama after a 13-game win streak helped the Jaguars claim the Sun Belt's regular-season title.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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