Butler 47, Mississippi St. 46

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 22 (UPI) -- Brandon Miller made a running one-hander in the lane with six seconds remaining Friday night to give 12th seed Butler a surprising, 47-46 victory over Mississippi State in the NCAA Tournament's East Region.

Shortly after throwing away a pass, Miller drove down the right side of the lane and floated a shot off the back of the rim and into the net for a one-point lead.


Mississippi State had a chance to win, but Timmy Bowers missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. It looked as if Derrick Zimmerman was fouled while dribbling beyond the arc before he passed to Bowers, but nothing was called.

Miller scored 14 points and Duane Lightfoot Jr. added 13 for Butler (26-5), which is making its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance but first with an at-large bid since 1962.

Butler will face fourth seed Louisville in the second round Sunday.

Mario Austin scored 18 points for Mississippi State (21-10), which has not made it past the second round in the NCAA Tournament since its Final Four appearance of 1996.

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