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OVC: Season 2012-2013

East Division
 1. Belmont 16-2 (26-6) 
 2. E.Kentucky 13-5 (24-9) 
 3. Tennessee St. 12-6 (18-14) 
 4. Morehead St. 9-9 (15-18) 
 5. Jacksonville St. 7-9 (16-12) 
 6. Tenn Tech 6-10 (13-16) 
West Division
 1. Murray St. 11-7 (21-10) 
 2. SE Missouri St. 9-9 (17-16) 
 3. E.Illinois 6-11 (11-21) 
 4. SIU Edwardsville 5-11 (9-18) 
 5. Tenn-Martin 5-12 (9-21) 
 6. Austin Peay St. 4-12 (8-23) 

Points Per Game
 Isaiah CANAAN
  Murray St.
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Canaan, Murray St.21.8 
 2. Dillard, Tenn Tech19.3 
 3. Clark, Belmont18.1 
 4. Betran, Austin P.17.2 
 5. Covington, Tennes.17.0 
 6. Gaines, Jackso.16.7 
 7. Taylor, Tenn-Mar.16.2 
 8. Jones, SIU E.16.2 
 9. Thornton, Tenness.16.0 
 10. Stone, SE Misso.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
  Murray St.
  Avg: 10
 1. Daniel, Murray St.10.0 
 2. Johnson, SE Mis.8.8 
 3. Covington, Tennes.7.9 
 4. Thornton, Tenness.7.9 
 5. Stone, SE Misso.7.8 
 6. Dillard, Tenn Tech7.8 
 7. Taylor, Tenn-Mar.7.2 
 8. Posthumus, Morehe.6.8 
 9. Horton, Austin P.6.8 
 10. Blanford, E.Illin.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Patrick MILLER
  Tennessee St.
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Miller, Tennessee5.8 
 2. Nutt, SE Misso.5.3 
 3. Atkinson, Morehead.5.1 
 4. Johnson, Belmont4.8 
 5. DiNunno, E.Kentuc.4.4 
 6. Canaan, Murray St.4.3 
 7. Williams, Jackso.4.3 
 8. Samarrippas, Tenn4.2 
 9. Akers, E.Illinois4.0 
 10. Davis, SIU E.3.6 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Covington, Tennes.2.1 
 2. DiNunno, E.Kentuc.1.9 
 3. Mann, Belmont1.9 
 4. Boggs, Jacksonv.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Belmont1.8 
 6. Samarrippas, Tenn1.8 
 7. Warner, Morehead.1.7 
 8. Miller, Tennessee1.7 
 9. Williams, Jackso.1.6 
 10. Walden, E.Kentuc.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Austin P.
  Avg: 3
 1. Horton, Austin P.3.0 
 2. Johnson, SE Mis.2.4 
 3. Cook, Jacksonv.1.7 
 4. Covington, Tennes.1.7 
 5. Daniel, Murray St.1.6 
 6. Stone, SE Misso.1.3 
 7. Jenkins, Belmont1.2 
 8. Morse, Tenn Tech1.1 
 9. Ogbe, Tenn Tech1.0 
 10. Rhett, Tennesse.1.0 

Belmont University wins the USA OVC 2012-2013 title (Photo: OVC)

OVC Women 2012-2013
Official Web Site

Belmont University 2012-13
Rick Byrd Rick Byrd Byrd
Blake Jenkins
Kerron Johnson
Ian Clark
Trevor Noack
J.J. Mann
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
2  Jenkins Blake 201 (6'7'') F 91 USA
3  Johnson Kerron 185 (6'1'') PG 90 USA
21  Clark Ian 190 (6'3'') G 91 USA
30  Noack Trevor 201 (6'7'') F 91 USA
14  Mann J.J. 198 (6'6'') G/F 91 USA
33  Windler Drew 206 (6'9'') F 91 USA
45  Baker Brandon 198 (6'6'') F 89 USA
24  Barnes Adam 188 (6'2'') G 90 USA
22  Chamberlain Reece 185 (6'1'') PG 92 USA
4  Mobley Holden 190 (6'3'') G/F 91 USA
0  Lang Chad 211 (6'11'') C 92 USA
11  Turner Spencer 190 (6'3'') G 92 USA
23  Bradshaw Craig 190 (6'3'') G USA
5  Chowbay Caleb 188 (6'2'') G USA
1  Laidig Jeff 193 (6'4'') G USA
Head Coach: Rick Byrd
Coach Assistant: Brian Ayers
Coach Assistant: Mark Price
Coach Assistant: James Strong

Belmont Wins First OVC Men's Basketball Tournament Title - Mar 10, 2013

NASHVILLE (AP) - Kerron Johnson (6'1''-PG-90) chose Belmont over Murray State when picking his college. On Saturday night, that decision came back to haunt the Racers.

The senior guard hit the tying shot to force overtime, then a 10-foot pull-up jumper with 1.2 seconds left in the extra period as Belmont capped its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference by beating league power Murray State 70-68 for the tournament championship.

"It was a very hard decision," Johnson said. "I just made the best decision I could at that time for me. It was Belmont, and I'm happy I made that choice."

The Bruins (26-6) had won five tournament championships in the Atlantic Sun, and they picked up right where they left off, earning their sixth NCAA tournament berth in eight seasons. The former NAIA program also notched its 1,000th victory in a thriller.

Belmont coach Rick Byrd , who has coached more than 1,000 games in his career, said he could only recall a couple going down to the final shot.

"The shots he made and the plays he made were incredible," Byrd said of Johnson.

Now the Bruins can wait to learn their seed and opponent in the NCAA tournament, and this win means a bit more.

"We had a little bit of a chip on our shoulder," Johnson said after getting four stitches in his chin. "We really wanted to win and prove we can come to quote, unquote a bigger conference and do well, play well and perform well."

Murray State (21-10) hadn't lost in this final since 2000, and the Racers had a chance at their third championship in four years and 16th overall. A win also would have been their 1,500th.

The Bruins got the ball for Johnson's shot when Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) lost it off his foot for a back-court violation.

"It was a mistake on my part," said Canaan, a preseason All-American. "I was dribbling like regular. I guess my foot was in the way, and it went off my foot."

The Racers couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer, and coach Steve Prohm took the blame for not finishing off the game in regulation after Johnson tied it up with 9.1 seconds left.

"We just weren't able to close the game," Prohm said. "That was the bottom line. Minute to go, we had everything in our favor. I really have to go back and look at the last minute. You don't want to point fingers. I mean it was a physical game. Just credit to Belmont for figuring out a way to get it to the ... overtime."

Officials reviewed the sequence and changed the clock to 6.2 seconds. The Racers also got the ball on the end line under the Belmont basket.

Curtis Shaw, OVC coordinator of men's basketball officials, said in a statement that the clock did not stop after the ball cleared the net on Johnson's shot. He said the clock should have stopped at 9.6 seconds, so officials used a stop watch to check the time between the Racers' inbounds pass and when the ball was touched. Shaw said that took 3.4 seconds.

Prohm said he had a play set up for the sideline.

"I didn't listen correctly. I'll just take the blame on that," Prohm said.

Johnson finished with 12 points. J.J. Mann led Belmont with 18 points, Trevor Noack (6'7''-F-91) had 14 and Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) had 11.

Canaan finished with 22 points for Murray State, and Stacy Wilson (6'3''-F-90) added 23, including 5 of 7 shooting from 3-point range.

Murray State led 58-51 with 3:10 left on a 3-pointer by Wilson from the right corner that just beat the shot clock. But they only got one more bucket the rest of regulation on a dunk by Ed Daniel, and the Racers went 2 for 6 at the free throw line in the final 2:07.

The Bruins came back with an 11-4 run started by a 3-pointer by Mann. Clark hit a running jumper to pull the Bruins within 62-60, and they then fouled Daniel who missed both of his free throws with 20 seconds left, and Johnson hit his tying jumper Latreze Mushatt had a chance to win it for the Racers, but his jumper was left of the rim at the buzzer.

In overtime, the Racers went up 66-64 on a pair of free throws by Canaan with 2:35 left. Wilson also rebounded a missed 3 by Canaan and hit a jumper for a 68-66 lead with 1:01 left.

But Johnson, who had to leave the game when fouled with 4:13 left after cutting his chin on the floor, hit two free throws that tied it up at 68 with 46.8 seconds to go.

"Tonight they were kind of face-guarding a lot of our guys not letting us get off 3-point shots," Clark said. "That opened up the lane for him ... Going one on one with a big guy? I'm taking Kerron and those odds."

The Racers had the ball and plenty of time to take the go-ahead shot except Canaan lost the ball over the mid-court line with 25.1 seconds remaining. Belmont took a timeout then Johnson ignored teammates as he watched the shot clock before driving toward the lane only to pull up and hit his jumper over Daniel.

Officials reviewed the play and put 0.5 seconds back on the clock, giving Murray State 1.2 seconds to try to tie it up. With fans on their feet, Daniel couldn't reach the ball near the bucket with two Bruins guarding him just before the buzzer sounded.

The Racers outshot Belmont 53.3 percent (24 of 45) to 49.1 percent (28 of 57) and outrebounded the Bruins 33-23.

But the Racers also turned it over 26 times, and Belmont turned that into a 27-16 scoring edge.

Kerron Johnson, Belmont (MVP)
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Stacy Wilson, Murray State
Ian Clark, Belmont
Kellen Thornton (6'7''-F-88), Tennessee State

Courtesy of OVC

OVC Tournament Final: Belmont - Murray State 70-68
OVC Tournament Semifinals:
Belmont - Tennessee State 82-73
Murray State - Eastern Kentucky 81-73

All-OVC 1st Team 2012-2013
Ian Clark
Isaiah Canaan
Mike DiNunno
Kerron Johnson
Ed Daniel

Co-Player of the Year: Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) of Belmont
Co-Player of the Year: Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) of Murray St.
All-Tournament MVP: Kerron Johnson (6'1''-PG-90) of Belmont
Defensive Player of the Year: Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) of Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Chris Horton (6'8''-C/F) of Austin Peay St.
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd of Belmont

1st Team
G: Ian Clark (6'3''-91) of Belmont
PG: Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-91) of Murray St.
PG: Mike DiNunno (5'11''-90) of E.Kentucky
PG: Kerron Johnson (6'1''-90) of Belmont
F: Ed Daniel (6'7''-90) of Murray St.
PG: Patrick Miller (6'1''-92) of Tennessee St.

2nd Team
G: Jud Dillard (6'5''-91) of Tenn Tech
F: Robert Covington (6'9''-90) of Tennessee St.
F: Kellen Thornton (6'7''-88) of Tennessee St.
F: Tarvin Gaines (6'6''-91) of Jacksonville St.
F: Tyler Stone (6'8''-91) of SE Missouri St.

All-Newcomer Team
Glenn Cosey (6'0''-G) of E.Kentucky
Travis Betran (6'3''-G) of Austin Peay St.
Corey Walden (6'2''-G-92) of E.Kentucky
Jeremiah Samarrippas (5'10''-PG-92) of Tenn Tech
Sherman Blanford (6'6''-F) of E.Illinois
Chris Horton (6'8''-C/F) of Austin Peay St.

All-Tournament Team
Kerron Johnson (6'1''-PG-90) of Belmont
Isaiah Canaan (6'1''-PG-91) of Murray St.
Stacy Wilson (6'3''-F-90) of Murray St.
Ian Clark (6'3''-G-91) of Belmont
Kellen Thornton (6'7''-F-88) of Tennessee St.

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