NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION – There was only one game in this league’s tournament yesterday and it pitted the top seeded UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES against the 6 seeds, the CITY VALLEY STATE VIKINGS. The Jimmies were in control for the entire game and by Halftime had compiled a 48-31 lead. After the break UJ coasted to a 94-65 victory and moved on to the next round. Brequan Tucker’s 17 points led the Jimmies.
APPALACHIAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 9th seeded MONTREAT COLLEGE CAVALIERS upset the number 8 seeds, the SAINT ANDREWS UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS, in an Opening Round game. The Cavaliers were chasing the Knights the bulk of the game, trailing them 26-20 after a defensive-minded 1st Half. After the break it was more of the same until a 9-3 run to close out Regulation let Montreat tie the game at 61-61. In Overtime the Cavaliers emerged with a 75-68 triumph. Josh Foster led the victors with 18 points.
DOUBLE OVERTIME AFFAIR – Also in the AAC yesterday the 7 seeds – the BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS – got a bigger fight than they expected from the 10th seeded POINT UNIVERSITY SKYHAWKS. The Rambling Rams faced a 33-27 Halftime deficit and trailed the Skyhawks 61-51 with 1:36 left in Regulation. Bluefield rallied from there for a 64-64 tie to force Overtime. After the 1st OT the score was knotted up at 72 apiece before the Rambling Rams walked away with a tight 87-85 win in the 2nd OT. Kyle Grisby tossed in 20 points for Bluefield College.
* CROSSROADS LEAGUE *
FIRST QUARTERFINAL – The top seeded Defending National Champions of NAIA2 basketball, the INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS, battled the 8 seeds – the SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COUGARS. The Champions converted a 34-25 lead at the break into a 71-64 victory, with D.J. Bettinger’s 18 points leading the way for the Wildcats.
SECOND QUARTERFINAL – The Crossroads League’s 3 seeds, the BETHEL COLLEGE (IN) PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) had to come back to defeat the 6th seeded GOSHEN COLLEGE MAPLE LEAFS. The Pilots surprisingly trailed the Maple Leafs 40-39 at Halftime. Order was restored in the 2nd Half as Bethel College came back for an 84-77 victory. Clay Yeo led the Pilots with 30 points.
OTHER QUARTERFINALS – Two teams called Cougars won the other two Quarter Final games. The (5) MOUNT VERNON NAZARENE UNIVERSITY COUGARS upset the (4) GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS by a score of 92-86. Josh Ashwill had 26 points to lead MVNU. ### And the (2) UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS defeated the (7) MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS 71-52. Austin Fox scored 20 points to lead the Cougars.
* KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *
FIRST QUARTERFINAL – The 2 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT MARY SPIRES – found themselves in a battle royal with the 7th seeded OTTAWA UNIVERSITY BRAVES. The Spires trailed the Braves 46-37 at Halftime but came back in the 2nd Half for a nailbiting 85-83 triumph. Grant Greenberg logged FORTY-SEVEN of St Mary’s points, including the Game Winner with just .7 seconds left in Regulation!
SECOND QUARTERFINAL – The Upset of the Night came in this battle between the 6th seeded STERLING COLLEGE WARRIORS and the 3 seeds – the BETHANY COLLEGE SWEDES. The Warriors showed the Swedes they were in a feisty mood by keeping things tied at 39-all by the Half. After the break the two teams remained gridlocked, with Regulation ending in a 73-73 tie. In Overtime Sterling College at last emerged with an 87-82 win. Brandon Stacker’s 23 points led the Warriors.
OTHER QUARTERFINALS – The KCAC’s top seeded TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS had no trouble at all bouncing the 8th seeded MCPHERSON COLLEGE BULLDOGS. The final score in this rout was Blue Jays 92 Bulldogs 64. ### And the 4th seeded FRIENDS UNIVERSITY FALCONS, meanwhile, won a much tighter 64-53 affair against the 5 seeds – the SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS.
* CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *
FIRST QUARTERFINAL – The 2nd seeded UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS FIGHTING SAINTS got almost more than they could handle from the 7th seeded ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS. The Fighting Saints led the Lakers by as much as 16 points at times on their way to a 34-21 Halftime lead. After the break Roosevelt U came storming back, with St Francis holding on by its fingernails for a 67-66 victory. Ilya Ilyayev led the Fighting Saints with 17 points and 8 rebounds.
SECOND QUARTERFINAL – The 4 seeds – the SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS – took on the 5th seeded PURDUE UNIVERSITY AT CALUMET PEREGRINES in this game. The Cougars dominated early, rolling to a 44-29 lead at the midpoint. In the 2nd Half SXU kept the Peregrines at arm’s length on their way to an 81-68 victory. Saint Xavier’s Jack Krieger tossed in 27 points to lead his team.
OTHER QUARTERFINALS – As expected the 1 seed and 3 seeds had no trouble with the winners of Monday night’s play-in games. In the 3 spot the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES dispatched the HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS, leading them 37-25 at the Half enroute to a 67-51 triumph. Tony Smit had 22 points for the Wolves. ### And the top seeded OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS were tied up at Halftime 38-38 with the ROBERT MORRIS (IL) EAGLES. After the break Olivet Nazarene cruised to a 93-68 win led by Aaron Larson’s Double Double of 32 points and 10 rebounds.
* CCCAA *
SO-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME ONE – The 15th seeded PIERCE COLLEGE BRAHMA BULLS faced the 18 seeds – the BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE RENEGADES. The Brahma Bulls trailed the Renegades 39-38 at the Half but Regulation ended in a 77-77 tie. In Overtime Pierce College emerged with a 95-92 victory. Devron Reynolds led the Brahma Bulls with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
SO-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME TWO – A mild upset in this hardcourt clash as the 17 seeds – the RIO HONDO COLLEGE ROADRUNNERS took on the 16th seeded COLLEGE OF THE DESERT ROADRUNNERS. Rio Hondo College seized a 40-31 Halftime lead and then held off College of the Desert in the 2nd Half, ultimately winning by a final tally of 85-78. Mike Deas’ Double Double of 18 points and 11 rebounds led the victors.
SO-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME THREE – An all-out orgy of offense was on tap for the game between the 13th seeded EAST LOS ANGELES HUSKIES and the 20th seeded VICTOR VALLEY COLLEGE RAMS. The Huskies faced a 52-46 deficit at the break but regrouped and came out strong in the 2nd Half. The final score was East Los Angeles 96 Victor Valley 91. Marquis Salmon led the Huskies with his Double Double of 27 points and 14 rebounds.
SO-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME FOUR – This game pitted the 14 seeds – the LOS ANGELES HARBOR COLLEGE SEAHAWKS – against the 19th seeded COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS COUGARS. The 1st Half was a defensive struggle, making the Halftime score a 20-20 tie. After the break the Seahawks got some distance between themselves and the Cougars for a 60-46 triumph. Los Angeles Harbor College’s Elliot Morris notched a Double Double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
NOR-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME ONE – Meanwhile up in the Nor-Cal Region the 18th seeded COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS GIANTS took on the 15th seeded LAS POSITAS COLLEGE HAWKS. The Giants came back from being down 40-30 at the Half to pull off the upset by a final score of 76-67. Chris Smith’s 15 points led the College of the Sequoias.
NOR-CAL ROUND ONE – GAME TWO – Another upset was in store in the Nor-Cal Region’s only other 1st Round game. This one was between the 17 seeds – the FOOTHILL COLLEGE OWLS – and the 16th seeded AMERICAN RIVER COLLEGE BEAVERS. The Owls had taken a 33-32 Halftime lead then slowly but surely built upon that in the 2nd Half for a 78-67 win. Foothill College was led by Alex Aguilar with 15 points.