Three-point project: Ohio Valley
Against Eastern Kentucky in the 1987 OVC tournament championship, point guard Richie Armstrong was looking to pass with eight seconds left. With his back to the basket, he literally turned around and drilled a 28-foot shot at the buzzer, putting the Governors into the NCAA for the first time since 1974. The Govs would then go on to upset Illinois in the NCAA tourney first round.
On March 10, 1992, against Illinois-Chicago in the championship game of Mid-Continent Conference tournament, Dave Olson hit his first three-pointer on what was supposed to be an alley-oop pass. The Panthers rolled to an 83-68 win for the program's first NCAA tournament bid. Olson is second on EIU's career three-pointers made list, and his career three-point shooting average of .466 ranks third all time in the NCAA Division I level.
Against Austin Peay in the 2005 Ohio Valley title game, Zach Ingles' three-pointer with 22 seconds left in regulation gave the Colonels a four-point lead and sealed EKU's first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1979.
At Georgia State on Feb. 21, 2003, Poonie Richardson's three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and lifted JSU to the only 20-win season in its Division I history.
On March 17, 2011, 13th-seeded Morehead State upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Senior Demonte Harper nailed a game-winning three from the top of the key with four seconds remaining in a 62-61 win.
In the first round of the 1991 NCAA tournament, against No. 1 seed Michigan State, Greg Coble hit a three at the buzzer to force overtime. The Spartans won the game in OT — but the game still remains the closest that a No. 16 seed has come to beating a No. 1 seed.
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE
Guard Lucas Nutt shook a defender to sink a three with six seconds left to send a game against Austin Peay into overtime on Dec. 3, 2009. Nutt's three-pointer was the third of three straight treys Southeast Missouri made in the final minute of regulation. SEMO lost 76-71 in OT.
On Dec. 31, 2008, Aamir McCleary's shot with 2.9 seconds left beat Southeast Missouri, the school's first win over an Ohio Valley Conference opponent.
Lester Hudson canned his eighth three-pointer in the second half of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals on his way to 42 points against Tennessee Tech on March 3, 2009. In his final home game of his illustrious career, Hudson — the only NCAA Division I player to record a quadruple-double — ended as Tennessee Martin's all-time career leader in three-point field goals made (203) despite playing only two seasons.
On Feb. 9, the Tigers beat a ranked team for the first time in school history. And not just any ranked team, undefeated and No. 7 Murray State. Robert Covington's three-pointer with just under four minutes left gave Tennessee State a 65-62 lead at Murray, Ky. The Tigers held on for the 72-68 win, pinning the lone blemish on the Racers so far this season.
Zac Swansey's three clinched an upset of regular season champion Murray State in the 2011 OVC tournament semifinals.