ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Murray State Racers made history at the 34th annual Great Alaska Shootout by topping Southern Mississippi 90-81 in double overtime of the championship game. It was the first title game in tournament history to stretch into multiple overtimes and the sixth Shootout game all-time with at least two overtimes.
Isaiah Canaan posted 36 points and 8 rebounds in the championship game. Canaan was named tournament MVP. The 36 points tied for the fifth-most in any Great Alaska Shootout game ever.
The fact that the game required two overtimes was a story itself. The Racers built a 39-27 halftime lead, but the Eagles clawed their way back with a 16-4 run to start the second half.
The final seconds were filled with free throws, and the Eagles, who never led in regulation, missed a shot at the buzzer that would have won the title.