*** NAIA2 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ***
DAY TWO, GAME ONE – One of the 4 seeds – the NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS – played an Instant Classic against the 5th seeded WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK.
The opening Half ended with the Red Raiders leading the Shock by a count of 43-37. From there it was all that Northwestern College could do to keep the hard-fighting Washington Adventist University at bay. In the end the Red Raiders won the game 78-76. Colton Kooima put up 22 points to lead the victors.
DAY TWO, GAME TWO – In this contest the (2) ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY (IL) EAGLES (Should be the Wind Eagles) got more than they bargained for from the (7) WEST VIRGINIA TECH GOLDEN BEARS.
The Eagles eked out a 46-41 Halftime edge over the Golden Bears, but after the break the two teams went blow for blow and basket for basket the rest of the way. Robert Morris University advanced with an 86-81 victory. Darius Paul led the Eagles with 23 points and 7 rebounds.
DAY TWO, GAME THREE – Up next the (1) INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS – the Defending National Champions – took on the (8) CORBAN UNIVERSITY WARRIORS.
In a very businesslike manner the Wildcats maintained a low-key control over the game, parlaying a 48-42 Halftime advantage over the Warriors into a Century Club-level 100-87 triumph when all was said and done. Bob Peters’ 18 points led Indiana Wesleyan while his teammates Grant Evans and Jacob Johnson tossed in 17 points each.
DAY TWO, GAME FOUR – In a 6 seed over 3 seed upset the (6) TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS stunned the (3) DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY PANTHERS.
The Bluejays put the Panthers on Upset Alert by Halftime with a 36-29 lead, then held on for dear life in the 2nd Half. In the end Tabor College prevailed by a final tally of 78-70. The Bluejays were led by Lance Carter, who registered a Double Double of 19 points and 13 rebounds.
DAY TWO, GAME FIVE – This game pitted the (4) EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY MOUNTAINEERS against the (5) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS.
It was a tale of two halves as the Grenadiers seized a comfortable 51-40 advantage by the break only to see the Mountaineers fight their way to a thrilling 92-90 comeback win. Eastern Oregon’s Bryan McGriff led the way with THIRTY-THREE points and 10 rebounds for a Double Double. The Mountaineers made Rip Taylor (“I’m a Mountaineer! It’s FUNNY!”) proud.
DAY TWO, GAME SIX – A monumental 7 seed over 2 seed upset was in the cards for this game. The (7) YORK (NE) COLLEGE PANTHERS shocked the (2) ROCHESTER COLLEGE WARRIORS.
By Halftime the Panthers had put together a 43-35 lead over the Warriors, then managed to withstand Rochester College’s fearsome rally attempt after the break. In the end York College won it 85-75. The Panthers’ Cameron Coleman and Keith Mack each had 21 points with 9 and 6 rebounds respectively.
DAY TWO, GAME SEVEN – The (1) BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) took the floor against the (8) CALUMET COLLEGE OF SAINT JOSEPH CRIMSON WAVE.
The Pilots established dominance early and took a 44-36 lead into the Half. From there Bethel College exploded against the Crimson Wave, ultimately winning this First Round clash by a Century Club-level final score of 104-78.Gage Ott tossed in 19 points to lead the Pilots to the next round.
DAY TWO, GAME EIGHT – Closing out Day Two was this roundball rumble between the (6) BELLEVUE (NE) UNIVERSITY BRUINS and the (3) BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS.
A remarkable upset was the result as the Bruins announced their intent with a 43-40 Halftime lead, then carried through, winning the game by a score of 80-75. Twenty-three points from Mike Cardenas led Bellevue University.