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New kids CSU Bakersfield WACs New Mexico State in the final

For the first time in their young Division-I history, the Roadrunners punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament

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As an official rite-of-passage to Division-I-"dom," the young Roadrunners won the WAC tournament in dramatic fashion.  Dedrick Basile had the hot hand for the Roadrunners all night, so why wouldn't it be him to knock down the game-winning shot? With 10 seconds on the clock, Cal-State Bakersfield found a way to get the ball to Basile who hit the three-point shot with 0.2 seconds left: effectively, a buzzer beater.

That's the perfect way to get a first win over an opponent, and the NCAA tournament bid is the cherry on top.

From the beginning of the game it seemed like the Roadrunners had the fire.  New Mexico State tied the game on multiple occasions, but at no point did they have the lead.  With Pascal Siakam struggling for the Aggies (only 11 points, down from his 20.8 point average), the offensive output came from the bench in Tanveer Bhullar, the younger brother of former NMSU star Sim Bhullar.  The younger Bhullar finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, leading all Aggies in those categories and looked like a future leader for the Aggies.

For the Roadrunners, freshman Damiyne Durham helped with 15 points and 9 rebounds from the bench, following Basile's 18 points.

This might be CSU Bakersfield's first trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament, however it was only a little while ago when the Roadrunners reigned supreme on the Division II court.  The Roadrunners have three national titles to their name: 1993, 1994 and 1997, and while they will definitely not be favored, they might be able to make some noise as the new kids on the block.