*** NAIA ***
ELITE EIGHT – FIRST BERTH – The 4 seeds in their Region – the MID-AMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS – played Bracket Busters yesterday in their game against the top seeded BIOLA (CA) UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Evangels once again proved how dangerous it is to underestimate them and by Halftime were on top of the shell-shocked Eagles 49-30! After the break Biola University inched closer and closer to their opponents but Mid-America Christian University kept them at arm’s length for an 88-80 upset win. Devonse Reed led the Evangels with 27 points.
ELITE EIGHT – SECOND BERTH – Speaking of 1 seeds getting toppled the 6th seeded UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS took on their Region’s top seeded TALLADEGA COLLEGE TORNADOES. By the midpoint of the game the Patriots trailed the Tornadoes by a score of 50-36, but came out of the locker room for the 2nd Half primed and ready to play. By game’s end the University of the Cumberlands had managed a come from behind victory over Talladega College in this 82-80 Instant Classic! The Patriots were led by Temjae Singleton’s 29 points.
ELITE EIGHT – THIRD BERTH – Another game for the ages followed. The Region’s top seeded GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS did battle with the 4 seeds – the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM. Though the Tigers seemed in charge at the break with a 44-31 advantage the Firestorm were far from beaten. Georgetown College had to fight just to survive as Arizona Christian University’s rally attempt fell just 2 points short. An 80-78 squeaker sent the Tigers to the Elite Eight led by Deondre McWhorter’s Double- Double of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT – FOURTH BERTH – A 3 seed over 2 seed upset came next in the day’s events. The 3rd seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN clashed with the 2 seeds – the COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS in this game. The Statesmen put the Cougars on upset alert by Halftime, leading them by an impressive score of 40-27, then parlayed that into an eventual 86-68 triumph. Brady Burford of William Penn University notched a Double-Double for the day, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT – FIFTH BERTH – The 6 seeds – the CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS – played the 7th seeded DILLARD UNIVERSITY BLEU (sic) DEVILS in this game. Chalk won as the Tigers compiled a 37-28 lead against the Bleu Devils by the midpoint and then went on to win the game by a final count of 81-73. Leading Campbellsville University in scoring was Elliott Young, who tossed in 22 points for the victors.
ELITE EIGHT – SIXTH BERTH – The 5th seeded CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS brought back the upsets in their duel with the Region’s top seeds – the LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS. A defensive battle in the opening Half ended with the Fighting Saints up on the Generals 31-25. After the break LSU-Alexandria tried their best to mount a comeback but were deftly blocked at every turn by Carroll College, which won the game 66-60. Zach Taylor had 23 points to lead the Fighting Saints.
ELITE EIGHT – SEVENTH BERTH – This game pitted the 3rd seeded MID-AMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS against the 7th seeded WILLIAM JESSUP UNIVERSITY WARRIORS. The Pioneers shut down the elan which had brought the Warriors this far, handing them a 37-30 deficit by the break and then expanding upon that in the 2nd Half for a 90-76 victory. Justin Randall blazed the trail for Mid-America Nazarene University with his 16 points.
ELITE EIGHT – FINAL BERTH – The 5 seeds – the OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY SAINTS – went up against the only other 1 seed (besides Georgetown) left, the LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS. The Saints weren’t the least bit intimidated, however, and by Halftime had acquired a 39-22 advantage over the shocked Warriors. Our Lady of the Lake University maintained that intensity after the break and eliminated Lewis-Clark State by a core of 83-64. The Saints were led by Joe Jackson’s Double-Double of 27 points and 16 rebounds.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
FIRST SEMIFINAL – This game pitted the BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY EAGLES against the AMHERST COLLEGE LORD JEFFS. The spectators were treated to an undeniable game for the ages between the Eagles and the Lord Jeffs with the only regret being that just one team could snag the win. That team wound up being the Eagles, who advanced to the Championship Game by a final count of Benedictine University 63 Amherst College 60.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – Next the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES took the court against the CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS. The Tommies had the Captains on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 33-25 advantage and followed through with a 66-62 victory. Grant Shaeffer led the University of Saint Thomas in scoring with his 19 points. It will be Tommies vs Eagles for the title!
*** NCCAA DIVISION ONE ***
CONSOLATION BRACKET – FIFTH PLACE GAME – The 3 seeds – the OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS – played the 8th seeded CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS TIGERS for 5th Place. The Trailblazers managed a 30-28 lead over the Tigers by the break and in the 2nd Half got more and more separation for a 69-56 win. John Johnson led Ohio Christian University with 14 points.
CONSOLATION BRACKET – SEVENTH PLACE GAME – Seven was indeed the lucky number as the 7th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS butted heads with the 5 seeds – the ALICE LLOYD COLLEGE EAGLES (should be the Elks – think “Alc”). The Rambling Rams carved out a 10 point lead over the Eagles by the midpoint. That 42-32 advantage wound up as an 89-79 victory for Bluefield College. The Rambling Rams were led by Cordaris Townes’ Double-Double of 26 points and 10 rebounds.
* CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RESULTS *