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Watch: Buzzer-beater sends MSU Mankato to NCAA Elite Eight

March Madness in Mankato!
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Mankato experienced March Madness at its best as they advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight on buzzer-beater Tuesday night. 

Trailing Northwest Missouri State 42-41 with five seconds on the clock and the Bearcats at the line for a one-and-one, Minnesota State-Mankato grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw, raced up the court and Malik Willingham dished to Elijah Hazekamp for a buzzer-beating jumper to win it. 

Here's the replay from the online stream: 

Here are two more views of the shot from the Mavericks: 

Here's another view of the winning shot from the stands: 

Mankato made just 18 shots all game and Hazekamp was 0-for-6 shooting before burying the game-winner to knock out fourth-ranked Northwest Missouri State,. 

The Mavericks, now 32-2 and ranked No. 2 in the country, will play in the Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind., next Tuesday, March 26. The Division II Men's Basketball Committee re-seeds the final eight teams and Mankato got the No. 1 overall seed and will play No. 8 Ferris State.