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ELITE EIGHT, FIRST BERTH – The (3) LIFE UNIVERSITY RUNNING EAGLES managed a minor upset against the (2) HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS.
The Royals were on top of the Running Eagles 36-32 at the break, but from there Life University (No affiliation with the School of Hard Knocks) played a game for the ages, overtaking Hope International and squeezing out an 80-78 triumph. Jonathan Beausejour and Dalarian Williams each notched 20 points for the Running Eagles while adding 8 and 4 rebounds respectively.
ELITE EIGHT, SECOND BERTH – Up next was an Overtime affair between the (1) CARROLL COLLEGE FIGHTING SAINTS and the (4) SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS.
The Lions put the Fighting Saints on Upset Alert at Halftime with a slight 36-34 edge. In the 2nd Half Carroll College fought back and forced Overtime with a 68-68 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session the Fighting Saints outscored SAGU 19-12 for an 87-80 victory. CC’s Ife Kalejaiye led the winners with 19 points and 4 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT, THIRD BERTH – The biggest upset of the day was in store as the (6) LANGSTON UNIVERSITY LIONS stunned the (2) DILLARD UNIVERSITY BLEU (sic) DEVILS.
As Halftime arrived the Dillard faithful were no doubt spooked by the mere 1 point lead their Bleu Devils enjoyed over the upstart Lions. From there Langston University pulled out all the stops, grabbing a lead and enough elbow room for an 84-74 win. Twenty-five points from Michael Harris led the Lions.
ELITE EIGHT, FOURTH BERTH – The (1) WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN and the (4) GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS squared off against each other in this game.
The Statesmen had managed a businesslike 43-36 advantage over the Tigers by the midpoint of the game, then closed the deal, winning it by a final tally of 87-79. Torren Jones owned the game for William Penn University, putting up THIRTY-SIX points and 11 rebounds for a Double Double.
ELITE EIGHT, FIFTH BERTH – The (1) LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS remained unbeaten for the season as they defeated the (5) WESTMONT COLLEGE WARRIORS (Should be the Guardians).
Despite just a 35-33 edge at Halftime the Generals dominated the 2nd Half, outclassing the Warriors for a very authoritative 81-61 victory. LSU-Alexandria was led by Gilbert Talbot with a Double Double of 17 points and 13 rebounds.
ELITE EIGHT, SIXTH BERTH – This game was a defensive epic in which points did not come easily. The (3) UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE BEARS played the (2) COLUMBIA (MO) COLLEGE COUGARS.
Halftime found the Bears leading the Cougars 30-21 but from there Columbia College limited University of Pikeville to just 26 points while adding 30 of their own. The Bears advanced to the next round with a 56-51 win. Pikeville’s leading scorer was Clint Nwosuh with 13 points.
ELITE EIGHT, SEVENTH BERTH – Up next was an Instant Classic featuring the (3) TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY RAMS and the (2) MASTER’S UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS.
The Mustangs let a 37-36 lead at the break slip away as the Rams managed to win this hard-fought affair by a final score of 77-75. Najeal Young tossed in 21 points to lead Texas Wesleyan University followed by 19 from Ryan Harris.
ELITE EIGHT, FINAL BERTH – The (1) DALTON STATE ROADRUNNERS and the (4) UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA- WESTERN BULLDOGS battled for the final remaining berth in the 2017 Elite Eight.
There wasn’t much drama in this game as the Roadrunners kept the Bulldogs chasing them throughout the contest. A 40-31 Halftime advantage ultimately became a 79-60 victory for Dalton State. Reed Dungan put up 19 points for the Roadrunners, while his teammate Carnilious Simmons registered a Double Double of 17 points and NINETEEN rebounds.