The Missouri Valley Conference is perpetually entertaining (at least that’s what it feels like), and as we get closer and closer to Arch Madness, the Valley just produced what will likely be the craziest finishing sequence to a college basketball game this season.
Illinois State was in Springfield (side note: downtown Springfield is surprisingly delightful) to take on Missouri State. Illinois State led by two with seconds remaining, needing to inbound the ball to likely get fouled and head to the free throw line to seal the game. Instead, chaos ensued:
Missouri State half-court buzzer beater to beat Illinois State 66-65 oh my.
— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) February 10, 2019
It’s the scrum for the loose ball that really makes that play, before Jarred Dixon somehow corrals the ball and gets off a desperation heave from the middle of Missouri State’s enormous court logo. That sent the home team (and home crowd) into an understandable frenzy, and Springfield’s surprisingly varied and charming selection of downtown bars will probably be pouring plenty of drinks tonight.