Chris Warren took the inbound with only 8.7 seconds remaining.
Ole Miss and Texas Tech, locked in a double-overtime thriller, were tied at 87-87. A last-second bucket meant a trip to New York and legendary Madison Square Garden.
Rest up, Rebel fans. Ole Miss is headed to the city that never sleeps.
Warren raced down the court and dished to Murphy Holloway, who laid it in for two, plus the foul. David Tairu threw up a miracle with the final seconds ticking away, but the shot fell short.
Ole Miss (24-10) beat the Red Raiders, 90-87, for its seventh win in its last eight games.
The Rebels advance to play the winner of Illinois and Dayton Tuesday at either 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. EST on ESPN2. It will be the second NIT Final Four in three years for Ole Miss, with the last coming in 2008.
"The one thing you can't question is this team's resolve," Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said, after his team tied for the second-most wins in a season. "They're very resilient. They compete and give maximum effort. As a coach, I don't think I can ask for much more."
Warren led four Rebels in double-digits with 22 points. Holloway, who entered the game averaging a double-double over his last 10 games, finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Terrico White added 17 points and five rebounds.
Reginald Buckner, along with four points and nine rebounds, had four blocks in the win, which broke the school record for most blocks in a single season. He had tied the season record of 57 against Memphis on Friday. His four blocks were the most ever in an NIT game for a Rebel.
"When we went into the second overtime," Warren said, "I told the team, ‘This game is fun if we win, but if we lose, it isn't as fun.' We're resilient. We're not going nowhere."
Well, except New York City.
"When you have an opportunity to continue to play, and when you get to this stage, obviously you have a decent basketball team," Kennedy said. "When it comes down to lose or go home, you see this kind of basketball. You see teams that really want to continue to play. I'm really proud of my group.
"We just happened to be one possession better."
The Rebels erased a nine-point deficit over a two-minute stretch in the second half to send the game into the first overtime. White's bank-shot jumper at the 23.8 second mark made it 68-68, before Texas Tech (19-16) missed a final attempt.
Neither team was able to distance itself in overtime, though, with three points the largest lead for either side.
After Kennedy was called for his first technical of the season with 1:13 showing, John Roberson made two free throws. Texas Tech held the upper hand, 78-75.But Ole Miss battled back again. Zach Graham was good on two free throws, but Brad Reese made a jumper to tie it at 81.
Then came the fireworks of double overtime, where the Rebels led by as many as four before the final shot.
"I felt like they tried to deny Chris the ball, but he got more open than they wanted him to," Holloway said of the deciding play. "My guy stepped up, and I just made a play. It was fun."
Ole Miss trailed, 22-12, following a fadeaway jumper by Holloway with eight minutes to go in the first half. The Rebels were 6-of-21 shooting at the time thanks, in part, to flat play and paltry shooting from stars White and Warren.
However, in a five-minute span, Warren caught fire. White sparked a 22-7 run to end the half with a dunk, while Warren was good on his only four 3-point makes in the game. Ole Miss led 34-29 at halftime.
"It was a helluva game," Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight said. "If you're watching on TV, you can't be disappointed. Both teams are proud about being in the NIT. We knew it was going to be a battle tonight. It's too bad someone has to lose, but I'm proud of my guys."
Ole Miss shot 40 percent (32-of-81), compared to 42 percent (33-of-79) for Texas Tech. The Rebels made 7-of-27 3-pointers, but lost the rebounding battle, 53-48.
Texas Tech was led by Mike Singletary, who managed 28 points and eight rebounds. D'walyn Roberts chipped in 12 points and 17 rebounds.
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