Improbable, Furious Comeback Earns Hilltoppers A Date With UK

Mar 13, 2012

DAYTON, Ohio   T.J. Price's three-point play with 16 seconds left completed Western Kentucky's furious comeback Tuesday night for a 59-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State in an NCAA tournament opener featuring a presidential audience.

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron had front-row seats to see the tournament open with a classic March comeback.

The Hilltoppers (16-18) are the longest of long shots, the only squad in the 68-team field with a losing record. They overcame a 16-point deficit in the final 5 minutes to thrill underdogs everywhere.

Western Kentucky moves on to play Kentucky — the top seed in the South Regional — on Thursday in Louisville, an all-Bluegrass game for the second round.

MVSU (21-13) caught the president's eye while pulling ahead, but couldn't close it out. Western Kentucky won despite shooting 30 percent from the field and turning the ball over 28 times.