Men's Basketball Memorable Victories

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Cleveland State 83, Indiana 79
March 14, 1986 (NCAA Tournament First Round) - Video

Cleveland State shocked the world and put The Summit League, then known as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities, on the map with a victory over Bob Knight's third-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament. The Vikings, seeded 14th, were making the league's initial appearance in "The Big Dance" and the memorable victory was witnessed by an ESPN national television audience. The win earned a Co-No. 1 ranking on's 2004 list of Top 16 Biggest First Round Upsets in NCAA Tournament History and was fourth in TIME magazine's 2007 list of Top 10 NCAA Tournament First Round Upsets. Cleveland State's style of play, dubbed as "Run N' Stun", featured full-court pressure and a frantic offensive pace and was led by guard Kevin "Mouse" McFadden, who instantly became a household name. CSU defeated No. 6 seed St. Joseph's, 75-69, in the second round, to advance to the "Sweet 16." In the Regional Semifinal against seventh-seeded Navy, the Vikings' Cinderella run ended when David Robinson hit the game-winning shot with five seconds remaining to lift the Midshipmen to a 71-70 victory.

Missouri State 65, Clemson 60
March 13 1987 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Missouri State, then known as Southwest Missouri State, made its first Division I NCAA Tournament appearance and knocked off fourth-seeded Clemson in the first round. Coach Charlie Spoonhour's squad, seeded 13th, was led by Winston Garland's game-high 24 points, despite Clemson's box-and-one strategy in defending the Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) Player of the Year. The Bears held Horace Grant, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer to just 16 points in the upset win. The victory marked the second consecutive year with a first round victory for the league. With the win, Missouri State advanced to the second round, where they fell to Kansas, 67-63.

Northern Iowa 74, Missouri 71
March 11, 1990 (NCAA Tournament First Round) - Video

Making its initial NCAA Tournament appearance, Northern Iowa recorded the biggest upset of the 1990 "Big Dance" with a dramatic first round win over Missouri. Marcus Newby made a three-pointer with one-second left as the No. 14 seeded Panthers topped the third-seeded Tigers, a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the season.  UNI owned a 12-point lead with 4:49 remaining in the game before Missouri cut the lead and eventually tied the score, 71-71, with 29 seconds left when Nathan Buntin made a layup, was fouled and converted the free throw. With the scored tied, the Panthers brought the ball up the court and called a time out with 10 seconds to go. When play resumed, Newby worked himself free on the left wing and took the winning shot from beyond the arc. Missouri was unable to get the ball in play before time ran out. UNI converted six consecutive shots, including five from three-point range, in a 18-4 run that built an early 25-11 lead. Eldon Miller's Panthers made 8-of-12 three-point shots in the first half and held a 42-31 halftime advantage. UNI advanced to the second round, where it fell, 81-78, to sixth-seeded Minnesota.

Green Bay 61, California 57
March 17, 1994 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

California's star-studded cast led by Jason Kidd and Lamond Murray were victims of an opening round upset at the hands of the 12th-seeded Green Bay Phoenix in the 1994 NCAA Tournament. Green Bay jumped out to an early 16-2 lead in part due to woeful shooting by the fifth-seeded Golden Bears, who missed their first 10 shots. Dick Bennett's Phoenix squad held a 47-29 advantage in the second half before Cal's defensive pressure drew them even at 57 in the game's waning moments. With the game knotted, Kidd drove the right baseline, jumped in the air looking for a teammate and tried to force a pass to Murray in the lane. Green Bay's Eric LeDuc intercepted the pass, fell and while Cal players attempted to tie him up, called timeout to retain possession. On its offensive possession, Jeff Nordgaard, Green Bay's 6-6 center, drained a 15-footer on the baseline with 33 seconds remaining to make it 59-57. Kidd attempted to tie the game for Cal, but missed an open shot from 18 feet and Green Bay rebounded, was fouled and converted a pair of free throws to secure the four-point victory. After pulling off one of the most significant upsets of the tournament, the Phoenix fell to fourth-seeded Syracuse in the second round, 64-59.

Valparaiso 70, Mississippi 69
March 13, 1998 (NCAA Tournament First Round) - Video

Valparaiso's Bryce Drew Hits "The Shot", 1998: Bryce Drew hit one of the most famous shots in NCAA Tournament history with his game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to beat fourth-seeded Mississippi, 70-69, in the first round. Since then, "the shot" has been a fixture on CBS's annual tournament coverage and was selected as the No. 5 moment in NCAA Tournament history by in 2007. Mississippi led by two points with 2.5 seconds remaining when the Crusaders went to inbound the ball 94 feet away under their own basket. Two passes later, Drew sunk "the shot" and catapulted Valpo into the second round. After a win over Florida State, Valparaiso became one of the most notable Cinderella stories in history and just the second team from the league to reach the "Sweet 16." The journey ended in the regional semifinals with a loss to Rhode Island and Lamar Odom.

Oral Roberts 78, Kansas 71
Nov. 15, 2006 - Video

Oral Roberts stunned No. 3 Kansas in an early season contest at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, a game that still stands as the highest-ranked opponent defeated by a Summit League team. ORU took a 20-18 lead in the first half and never trailed again in the win. Clinging to a 72-69 lead with 44 seconds remaining, the Golden Eagles' Ken Tutt drained a three-pointer from the right wing for a 75-69 advantage. After a missed layup by Kansas, Tutt was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the margin to 77-69 with 25 seconds left, effectively sealing the victory. ORU connected on 11 of its 19 three-point attempts and built a lead of 11 points with just over nine minutes remaining in the second half. Marchello Vealy scored 22 points for the Golden Eagles on 7-of-8 shooting from three-point range and Caleb Green added 20 points and 11 rebounds. Defensively, ORU forced 19 Kansas turnovers and held the Jayhawks to 43 percent shooting from the field and 20 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The win was the first by a Summit League team over a top-five squad and just the 11th loss for Kansas at home in 10 years.  Both teams went on to NCAA Tournament appearances, the Golden Eagles gained an automatic bid as Summit League Champions while the Jayhawks earned a No. 1 seed before bowing out in the Elite Eight.

Oakland 89, Tennessee 82
Dec. 14, 2010

Oakland upset No. 7 Tennessee on the road before a national television audience, handing the previously unbeaten Volunteers their second non-conference home loss in six seasons. The win marked the highest-ranked opponent ever defeated by the Golden Grizzlies and the second-highest in Summit League history. Oakland came out firing with a 70.6 percent shooting percentage in the game's first 13 minutes before Tennessee posted a 14-2 run to take a 50-39 halftime lead. In the second half, the Golden Grizzlies shot 57.1 percent compared to the Vols' 34.4 percent that included a 0-for-10 drought from three-point range. Trailing by eight with 7:18 left in the game, Oakland went on a 13-0 run, mostly on free throws and a layup by Will Hudson, to take an 81-76 advantage and never looked back. Larry Wright, who finished with 19 points, iced the game with a three-pointer with 38 seconds remaining. Keith Benson led the way for Oakland with 26 points and 10 rebounds on the night while Hudson added 17. The Golden Grizzlies, who played six regular season games against ranked opponents and four top-10 foes in 2010-11, captured their second consecutive Summit League Championship and entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 5 in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll with two first-place votes, higher than two Final Four teams including the national runner-up.

North Dakota State 80, Oklahoma 75 (OT)
March 20, 2014 (NCAA Tournament First Round) – Video

North Dakota State produced the first Summit League NCAA Tournament First Round victory in nearly two decades with an 80-75 overtime win over No. 5 seed Oklahoma in Spokane, Wash. NDSU and The Summit League garnered the national spotlight with the dramatic upset win over the No. 21 ranked Sooners. Picked by many as a potential Cinderella squad, the No. 12 seed Bison raced to an eight-point halftime lead and clung to a one-point advantage with 1:30 remaining in the game. Oklahoma scored five consecutive points over the next minute for a 65-61 lead before an improbable finish in the game's final 32 seconds. Summit League Player of the Year Taylor Braun connected on a pair of free throws to trim the lead to two and after the Sooners converted one-of-two free throw attempts, Lawrence Alexander drained a contested long-range three-pointer that knotted the score at 66 with 11.2 seconds remaining on the clock. Three missed Oklahoma attempts at the end of regulation sent the game into overtime where the Bison never trailed thanks in part to four clutch points over the final 41 seconds from little-used Carlin Dupree who subbed when Braun fouled out. North Dakota State, who was eliminated in the second round by fourth-seeded San Diego State, ended the season with a No. 3 ranking in the Mid-Major Top 25, the highest final position in Summit League history.

Western Illinois 69, Wisconsin 67
Nov. 13, 2015 - Video

Western Illinois shocked No. 17 Wisconsin, and the nation, with an opening-night victory. The Badgers raised their national finalist banner to honor the previous season's NCAA Tournament run while the Fighting Leathernecks were coming off an 8-20 season and picked last in The Summit League's preseason poll. Garrett Covington hit two foul shots with 10.2 seconds left to give the 25.5-point underdogs a win over a Big Ten power coming off back-to-back Final Four appearances. Western Illinois led by as many as eight midway through the second half before Wisconsin made a furious rally to knot the game at 67 with two minutes remaining. Down two, the Badgers' Bronson Koenig attempted a mid-range jumper with three seconds on the clock. When the shot missed, the Leathernecks rebounded and celebrated the improbable victory. J.C. Fuller led the way with 20 points while Covington finished with 16. Western Illinois shot 54 percent, including a 7-of-9 from three-point range, against a team with a reputation for strong defense. Wisconsin shot just 35 percent for the game and just 25 percent in the second half. Western Illinois' victory was the program's first against a nationally-ranked opponent and marked the first Summit League road win over a nationally-ranked Big Ten opponent.

Fort Wayne 71, Indiana 68 (OT)
Nov. 22, 2016 - Video

Fort Wayne upset No. 3 Indiana in a thrilling overtime contest for the school's first win over both a nationally-ranked squad and a Big Ten opponent before 11,076 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The win matched the highest-ranked team ever defeated by a Summit League team and was the highest-ranked squad ever hosted by a league member. The Mastodons led for 39:53 of the game with Indiana's largest lead coming after a game-opening three-pointer. The Hoosiers took their final lead of the game, 43-42, with 16:16 left to play. Fort Wayne responded with a 6-0 run that included a pair of John Konchar dunks. In the final minute, Indiana knotted the game at the free throw line with 19 seconds. The 'Dons Kason Harrell attempted a shot at the buzzer that was off the mark. In overtime, Harrell opened the scoring with a three-pointer only to be answered with a trey by Indiana that tied the game. Fort Wayne took a one-point lead with 1:19 left on a Konchar free throw and DeAngelo Stewart extended the advantage to three by converting a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Konchar intercepted Indiana's inbound pass and threw the ball in the air in celebration. Three Mastodons scored in double-figures led by 18 from Bryson Scott, who earned his first double-double as a 'Don by pulling down 12 rebounds. Konchar had 15 points and 11 boards and Harrell added 13 points.