COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NAIA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS CONTINUE, USCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ENTERS DAY TWO

*** NAIA ***

Park PiratesBIGAMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE – Last night the 4th seeded PARK UNIVERSITY PIRATES played a hardcourt Armageddon against the 5 seeds, the WILLIAMS BAPTIST COLLEGE EAGLES (one of roughly 9,879 college teams called “Eagles”). The two squads went into Overtime before the Pirates emerged with a tight 79-75 victory   ###   Meanwhile in an absolute orgy of offensive output the 2nd seeded FREED- HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY LIONS ran up a Century Club-level victory over the 10th seeded HARRIS- STOWE STATE HORNETS by a score of 120-91 (which NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell has admitted is his target score for every NFL game in the near future)   ###   The top seeded COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS dispatched the 7th seeded WILLIAM WOODS UNIVERSITY OWLS 79-65   ###   And  in yet ANOTHER 6 seed over 3 seed upset the BENEDICTINE- SPRINGFIELD BULLDOGS eliminated the LYON COLLEGE SCOTS in a 73-72 nailbiter. 

Hope International University RoyalsGOLDEN STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 3rd seeded HOPE INTERNATIONAL ROYALS avoided the “6 over 3” curse that has plagued this postseason. The Royals defeated the 6th seeded CONCORDIA (CA) EAGLES (who I still say should go by “Condors” instead) by a score of 73-65.   ###   But the BIG news in this conference last night came from the massive upset that the SEVENTH SEEDED MASTER’S MUSTANGS inflicted on the SECOND SEEDED ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM. It wasn’t just the 7 over 2 upset NOR the fact that the game went into Double Overtime before the Mustangs won 80-77. No the REAL distinction this game had was that it was the only GSAC game yesterday that did NOT feature a team called Eagles.   ###   Meanwhile the top seeded VANGUARD LIONS bounced the 8th seeded SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE EAGLES  80-71   ###   And the 4th seeded BIOLA EAGLES were upset by the 5th seeded WESTMONT COLLEGE WARRIORS in a 70-66 thriller. 

Georgetown Tigers

Georgetown Tigers

MID-SOUTH CONFERENCE -The 2nd seeded GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS, the defending National Champions of NAIA Division One basketball, started their postseason play last night with a tight 78-74 wake-up call win over the 7th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS   ###   The top seeded UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS in the meantime likewise had more of a fight on their hands than they anticipated, but won a 78-72 battle with the 8th seeded LINDSEY WILSON COLLEGE BLUE RAIDERS   ###   The 4 seeds, the ST CATHARINE COLLEGE PATRIOTS, had less trouble eliminating the 5th seeded UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE RED STORM 91-74   ###   And the 3rd seeded UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS also did the “Patriot” name proud by defeating their First Round opponents, the 6th seeded CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS by a score of 68-60.  

usao_drovers_150px31SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 6th seeded UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS notched their 2nd victory of the 2014 SAC Tournament and simultaneously kept the 6 seed over 3 seed upset tradition going strong. The Drovers, one of the most popular teams covered by Balladeer’s Blog, rose up and toppled the 3rd seeded ST GREGORY’S UNIVERSITY CAVALIERS 78-74.   ###   The 8th seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON staged a shocker of their own by upsetting the top seeded SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS in a tight 79-78 Overtime epic   ###   The 5th seeded MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS kept the upset mojo going in the SAC by bringing down the 4th seeded OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS in an edge-of-your- seat 87-85 game   ###   And the 2nd seeded WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS were the conference’s only upper seed to win last night, eliminating the 7th seeded JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES 99-80.  

Belhaven Blazers logoSOUTHERN STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The (2West) BELHAVEN COLLEGE BLAZERS won a 79-73 battle with the (3East) SOUTHERN WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WARRIORS   ###   The (1West) WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS eliminated the (5West) UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE RAMS  71-63   ###   The (1East) EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS eked out a 63-60 victory over the (4West) BETHEL (TN) WILDCATS   ###   And the (3West) MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE REDHAWKS took out the (2East) FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES by a comfortable final score of 88-70.

*** ACCA DIV ONE ***

thumb_Ambassador_with_Ambassadors_and_OCCDAY ONE – In the upset of the opening round the 7th seeded OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS toppled the 2nd seeded HILLSDALE FREE WILL BAPTIST COLLEGE SAINTS. In an Instant Classic the Ambassadors eked out a 98-96 Overtime victory.   ###   At Halftime the 4th seeded MULTNOMAH COLLEGE LIONS trailed the 5th seeded defending national champions, the DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS, by a phenomenal score of 63-61. The 2nd Half was another offensive clinic with the Lions notching a comeback win by a final score of 132-117.   ###   The top seeded ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS joined MC and DCC in the Century Club, putting up 108 points to the 68 scored by the 8th seeded BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE DEFENDERS   ###   And the 3rd seeded RHEMA BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES defeated the FAITH BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES (sigh) 92-75.  

*** USCAA DIV ONE ***

Tennessee Temple University CrusadersWINNER’S BRACKET – GAME ONE – Yesterday was Day Two for the National Tournaments in both divisions of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). The 6th seeded TENNESSEE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS were clubbing the 7th seeded NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS 45-27 by Halftime. The Crusaders kept up the offensive and defensive pressure in the Second Half, ultimately winning by a tally of 73-59. Weedlens Beauvil (Nickname: The Big Sic) led TTU with 18 points. In defeat Johnnie Ferebee led the Builders with 17 points of his own.  

Washington Adventist University ShockWINNER’S BRACKET – GAME TWO – The WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK came into yesterday’s game as the 4 seeds but the Shock pulled it all together to upset the top-seeded DAEMEN COLLEGE WILDCATS. The game was a tight 28-27 at the break with the Wildcats clinging to that one-point lead. After another Half of physical defense Washington Adventist University advanced with a 58-57 come-from- behind triumph. Martin Wilson’s 2o points led the Shock in offense.  

Concordia (AL) LogoCONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME ONE – The 8th seeded CONCORDIA COLLEGE (AL) HORNETS and the ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES were all tied up at 31-31 at Halftime. After the break the Hornets at last put a little separation between themselves and the RMU squad, winning the game by a final score of 72-62. For Concordia Tavin Cummings led the way with 21 points but on the losing side the Eagles’ Robert Calmese led all scorers with 29.  

rochestercollegewarriorsCONSOLATION BRACKET – GAME TWO – The 2nd seeded ROCHESTER COLLEGE WARRIORS recovered from the shock of being knocked out of the defense of their USCAA National Championship following the previous day’s upset at the hands of the Builders. RC led the 3rd seeded VICTORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES by a score of 45-29 at the break then had to weather a furious comeback bid by the Eagles. The final score was Warriors 83  Eagles 77. Victory U’s Tyrell Hursey led all players with 28 points. 

*** USCAA DIV TWO ***

Andrews U CardinalsQUARTERFINAL ONE – After just 2 games in the USCAA Division Two Tournament Wednesday the Quarterfinals got underway yesterday. The NAIA Tournament’s tendency for 6 seeds to upset 3 seeds carried over to the USCAA bizarrely enough. The (6) ANDREWS UNIVERSITY CARDINALS converted a 47-36 Halftime lead over the (3) CENTRAL PENN COLLEGE SILVER KNIGHTS into a 92-78 final score. TYLER WOOLDRIDGE (yes, in bold print) tossed in an astonishing FORTY POINTS for the victorious Cardinals. 

PSU systemQUARTERFINAL TWO – The 2nd seeded PSU-YORK NITTANY LIONS trailed their opponents, the 7th seeded BERKELEY COLLEGE (NJ) KNIGHTS at Halftime by a score of 49-40. The Second Half saw York mount a comeback effort which, by the time the final buzzer sounded had given them a 95-89 triumph. The Nittany Lions’ Lucas Jewell topped the scoring stats with his 22 points and Berkeley College’s Dukens Germain was close behind him with 20.  

PSU Beaver Penn StateQUARTERFINAL THREE – The 8th seeded PSU-BEAVER NITTANY LIONS stood out among the three PSU system colleges in the D2 Final Four. They did that by upsetting the top-seeded CENTRAL MAINE COLLEGE MUSTANGS. The PSUB team defied the odds by holding a slender 49-47 Halftime lead but the ever-tough Mustangs fought back to tie the game at the end of Regulation. In the Overtime period the Nittany Lions outscored Central Maine to advance with a stunning 103-101 victory. 

PSU Mont AltoQUARTERFINAL FOUR – So not only did a team from the PSU system knock off the tournament’s top seeded team but a PSU squad ALSO knocked off the defending National Champions of USCAA Division Two basketball. The 4th seeded PSU- MONT ALTO NITTANY LIONS (and you thought “Eagle” teams were repetitious) dethroned the 5th seeded WARREN WILSON COLLEGE OWLS in a 71-60 affair. Though the Owls’ Ty Johnson put up 22 points his team fell short. Mont Alto’s Jerome Evans led the victors with 15 points. 

PrintCONSOLATION BRACKET – Just the one game in the Consolation Bracket from yesterday with the losers of both of Wednesday’s games facing each other. The 9th seeded BERKELEY COLLEGE (NY) KNIGHTS spared the nation from having yet another PSU system team winning last night. The Knights led the 10th seeded PSU-FAYETTE ROARING LIONS 44-28 at Halftime and used the Second Half to pad the lead a little until it became an 87-67 win. Jovan Bovell’s 24 points led the way for the Knights. 

*** NJCAA ***

Indian Hills WarriorsDISTRICT 111- CHAMPIONSHIP – This district title game pitted the champions of Region 111 against the champions of Region 113 The INDIAN HILLS COLLEGE WARRIORS (from D111) outperformed the NORTH DAKOTA STATE COLLEGE OF SCIENCE WILDCATS (from D113) in a Century Club- level 115-91 triumph. * The Warriors move on to the NJCAA National Tournament. 

blue-dragonsbigggggggggREGION 106 – QUARTERFINALS – The HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS faced their long-time adversaries of the hardcourt and the gridiron, the BUTLER (KS) GRIZZLIES. The Blue Dragons advanced to the semifinals with a 71-61 victory.   ###   The NORTHWEST KANSAS TECH MAVERICKS and the INDEPENDENCE COLLEGE PIRATES went through Regulation and THREE OVERTIMES before a winner was decided. The Mavericks emerged with a 97-92 upset win.   ###   Meanwhile the PRATT COLLEGE BEAVERS moved on thanks to their 66-61 defeat of the COFFEYVILLE RED RAVENS   ###   And the SEWARD COLLEGE SAINTS vanquished the NEOSHO PANTHERS by a a final score of 73-68. 

MUCH MORE TO COME IN A MOMENT …

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6 responses to “COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NAIA CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS CONTINUE, USCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ENTERS DAY TWO

  1. The Belhaven Blazers r awesome!

  2. Oswald

    Great list! The Drovers are awesome!

  3. Keith

    Players on these divisions are really student athletes.

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