*** NAIA DIVISION TWO ***
ELITE EIGHT – FIRST BERTH – There was a mild upset in this game as the 7 seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY- EAST RED WOLVES surprised the 6th seeded VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS. By Halftime the Red Wolves had Vikings fans nervous as they held a 41-35 advantage. After the break IU-East slowly but surely managed a bit more separation and ultimately defeated Valley City State 81-69. Vasha Davis led the Red Wolves with his 19 points.
ELITE EIGHT – SECOND BERTH – The 8th seeded YORK (NE) COLLEGE PANTHERS kept the upset mojo going in their battle with the 5th seeded DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS. The Panthers trailed the Tigers by a score of 37-33 at the midpoint but mounted a comeback in the 2nd Half. In dramatic fashion York College won this Instant Classic 78-77. Johnny Cooksey of the Panthers led his team with 18 points.
ELITE EIGHT – THIRD BERTH – Another upset in this game. The 3 seeds – the KEISER UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS took the court against the 2nd seeded CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES, who were the defending national champions. The Seahawks proved they meant business by amassing a 53-39 lead by Halftime and matched the Golden Eagles 40-40 in the 2nd Half for a 93-79 triumph. Stanley Whittaker contributed 22 points for the Seahawks.
ELITE EIGHT – FOURTH BERTH – Higher seeded teams began winning in this clash between the 2nd seeded INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS and the 3 seeds – the NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY BEACONS. After a furious 1st Half the Wildcats were on top of the Beacons 41-37. The final margin wound up being the same 4 points as Indiana Wesleyan won it 83-79. Jonny Marlin’s 26 points were the most for the Wildcats.
ELITE EIGHT – FIFTH BERTH – Up next in yesterday’s action the 1 seeded BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS collided with the 4 seeds – the BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots). By the midpoint the Chargers held a 43-35 advantage over the Pilots. Both teams exploded for over 50 points in the 2nd Half as Briar Cliff U went on to win the game by a Century Club- level 100-93. Shane Graves of the Chargers tossed in 19 points for his team.
ELITE EIGHT – SIXTH BERTH – Another 1 seed – the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS – saw action in this game against the 4th seeded MOUNT MERCY UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS. The Cougars went from a smothering 42-28 Halftime lead over the Mustangs to a much tighter 89-82 victory when the final buzzer blew. USF’s Austin Fox notched a Double- Double of 17 points and 12 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT – SEVENTH BERTH – The two teams competing in this hardcourt fracas were the 3rd seeded WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS and the 7 seeds – the CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY KEELHAULERS. The Royals were contained by the Keelhaulers in the 1st Half and trailed them 31-25 at the break. From there Warner University seized control and went on defeat Cal Maritime Academy by a score of 73-65. The Royals were led by Eddie Delegal’s Double-Double of 24 points and 13 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT – FINAL BERTH – Completing the 2016 Elite Eight was the winner of this showdown between the 1 seeded DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS and the 4th seeded WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE KNIGHTS. The Panthers ran it out to a 41-30 lead by Halftime and then held the Knights off the entire 2nd Half for an 80-68 victory. Dominez Burnett led Davenport U with a Double- Double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
*** NCCAA DIVISION TWO ***
FIRST SEMIFINAL – In this game the 3rd seeded GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE TIGERS pulled off a minor upset of the 2 seeds – the MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE THUNDER. The Tigers served notice on the Thunder with a 36-31 lead at the break and followed through on that with an authoritative 85-74 victory. Bernard Smith’s Double- Double of 17 points and 15 rebounds led Grace Bible College to the title game.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – This battle for the right to advance to the Championship Game was waged between the top seeded HILLSDALE FREE WILL BAPTIST COLLEGE SAINTS and the 4 seeds – the NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY RAMS. The Saints were all business, seizing a 52-36 lead to close the opening Half and then relentlessly piling on 53 more points in the 2nd Half. Hillsdale won by a Century Club- level score of 105-79 led by Trey Sneed’s 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.