For the first time since 2000, Eastern Florida State will be part of the NJCAA National Tournament.
With Region VIII having two automatic bids due to it being a zone qualifier for the first time ever, the Titans' 92-85 overtime win over St. Petersburg College in the tournament earned them a spot to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
Kyle Meyer scored eight points in overtime and EFS never trailed in the extra session.
EFS will play for the state championship on Saturday night at 7:30 versus Northwest Florida.
EFS, ranked No. 6 in the nation, led by as many as 18 in the game and by as many as 15 in the second half, but needed to rally to send the game into overtime.
SPC was up by six with 1:53 left, but two 3-pointers by Demetrius McReynolds sparked an 8-0 run to put EFS ahead by two. McReynolds, who hit the game-winner with 0.3 seconds left on Thursday against Pensacola State, scored 13 of his team-high 21 points over the final 5:31.
His 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds remaining in regulation put EFS on top.
From there, Devontae Pratt, who hit the game-winner against Pensacola State in last year's state semifinals, was fouled and made the tying free throws with 31.8 seconds on the clock.
EFS didn't get a shot off on the final possession of regulation, but it quickly got going in overtime.
Payton Hulsey scored on a three-point play to start things and Meyer scored eight straight for EFS and led by as many as six in the extra session.
After Justin Satchell buried a 3-pointer with 17.3 seconds left for SPC, Daishon Smith went 4-of-4 at the foul line over the final 17.3 seconds to clinch the trip to nationals for EFS.
Meyer (15 points, 12 rebounds), Smith (14 points, four assists), Djordje Beronja (16 points, seven rebounds) and Hulsey (10 points, nine rebounds, four assists) backed McReynolds for EFS.
For SPC, the nation's No. 20 team, Satchell came off the bench to lead the way with 25 points. Pratt (18 points, seven rebounds), Prince Foster (13 points) and Dondre Duffus (11 points) also had good games for SPC.