bildeBIRMINGHAM Tuskegee’s Javier McKinney hit a jumper to tie the game 75-75 with 29 seconds left and the Golden Tigers outscored Fort Valley State 13-5 in the overtime period to defeat the Wildcats 88-80 and win the Southern Intercollegiate Conference tournament championship on Saturday.

The Golden Tigers (17-11) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. Tournament seeds and game locations will be announced today.

Graham Olatunji led Tuskegee with 18 points. The tournament’s most outstanding performer Richard Dixon had 17 points, five rebounds and four blocks. McKinney had 15 points. Camden Foster had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Corey Hunter led FVSU (21-9) with 20 points and five rebounds. Brandon Davey added 17 points, six rebounds and six assists. Ralph Wilson had 12 points.

— From staff reports Montgomery Adversary