It took them the final two games of the regular season to get there, but SEMO improved to 16-13 (7-8) in the OVC with the wild 83-80 win over Austin Peay to punch their ticket to Nashville next week.
SEMO also is making their fourth straight trip to the OVC Tournament under Nutt along with back-to-back over .500 regular seasons.
Tyler Stone had another monster game, leading the Redhawks with 20 points. Travis Betran led the Governors with 28 points.
What a wild finish it was as SEMO was able to survive, in what would have been a total disaster. SEMO was up by 11 with just over a minute to go, they managed to hang on as Austin Peay comeback in the final minutes wasn’t enough. The Redhawks escaped with the three point victory, and now they’re Nashville bound.
From IUPUI, to Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee Martin, and now Austin Peay, you name it, wild finishes have been the norm for SEMO this season.
With this win, the Redhawks are now in the tourney field (currently the 7th seed) along with Belmont, Murray State, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, SIUE, and Tennessee Tech.
After a 7-2 start to this season, SEMO took a downhill slump having lost 11 out of their last 17 games. They have turned it around since having won four out of five games, currently on a three game winning streak.
You can say that the ending of this season is looking eerily similar to last season. Last season SEMO lost to Ball State on a buzzer beater, then beat Austin Peay and Murray State on the road in the final two games of the regular season. And this season SEMO beat UT Martin on a buzzer beater, and they just Austin Peay.
Having won four out of five and three straight with one game left, this SEMO team still figures to be dangerous heading into the OVC Tournament next week.
Next up marks Senior Night on Saturday against Murray State as Lucas Nutt and Tyler Stone will end their home career at Southeast. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m as SEMO looks to finish at 8-8 in the OVC.