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Jackson’s Buzzer-Beater Named Top Arch Madness Moment
Release: Wednesday 03/01/2010 
by Bradley University
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Deon Jackson's buzzer-beating three-pointer which gave Bradley a 64-62 victory over Missouri State in the semifinals of the 1996 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Championship has been selected as the top moment in Arch Madness history by a vote of the league's fans announced Monday.

In a two-month, online voting campaign sponsored by Fox Sports Midwest, Missouri Valley Conference fans chose from a list of 33 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship flashbacks to determine the Top 20 Arch Madness Moments since the first St. Louis-based tournament was played at Kiel Auditorium in 1991.

Fox Sports Midwest, home of the 2010 State Farm MVC Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinals and semifinals, produced 30-second spots that aired on the league's tournament web site -- www.archmadness.com -- and during Fox Sports Midwest programming to promote the Top 20 Arch Madness Moment voting.

Jackson, who had not hit a three-pointer all season, grabbed a loose ball 25 feet from the basket, flung the basketball toward the goal and hit nothing but net as time expired to send the Braves to their first Arch Madness final.

In addition, Will Franklin's three-point basket in the closing seconds of the 2007 MVC quarterfinals was selected as the 11th-best moment in Arch Madness history.  Franklin hit a three-pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Braves over UNI. J.J. Tauai had tied the game with 57 seconds left before Franklin's game-winning shot.

The Valley also announced the 10-member Arch Madness All-Tournament Team Monday.  Representing Bradley was Naperville, Ill., native Anthony Parker who was a two-time Arch Madness all-tournament selection.  Parked led the Braves to three consecutive semifinal round appearances, including the 1996 title game against Tulsa. 

The Bradley men's basketball team will face Creighton Friday at 2:35 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the State Farm MVC Championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

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