Morehead State goes 2OT for Ohio Valley title

Morehead State goes 2OT for Ohio Valley title

Published Mar. 10, 2009 8:19 p.m. ET

Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall was so concerned about Steve Johnson four months ago he sat the youngster down and asked the freshman guard if he really wanted to play college basketball.

Johnson swore to Tyndall he was ready to prove himself.

Saturday night, Johnson backed it up by hitting the program's biggest shot in a quarter-century. Johnson's pull-up jumper on the baseline with 1.4 seconds remaining in double overtime lifted the Eagles to a 67-65 win over Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference final.

It was Johnson's only basket of the game, and it sent the Eagles to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1984.