NCCAA FINAL FOUR ACTION, NAIA ELITE EIGHT SET

NCCAA DIV TWO

Bob Jones University BruinsFIRST SEMIFINAL – In this game the 2 seeds – the BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BRUINS – fought it out with the 3rd seeded GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE TIGERS.

With just 3 minutes left in the 1st Half the Tigers held a 39-38 lead, but the Bruins managed a 9-0 run to go into Halftime on top by a score of 47-39. After the break the points continued to fly like shrapnel, with Bob Jones University triumphing over Grace Bible College 94-84 for their first trip to the title game. 

*** The Bruins’ Nate Ellenwood led his team with a TRIPLE DOUBLE of THIRTY-FOUR points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds.

Randall University Saints NEWSECOND SEMIFINAL – The top seeded Defending National Champions, the RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS, played the 4th seeded JOHNSON UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ROYALS.

By Halftime the Royals led the Saints by a count of 37-35 but Randall University ultimately came back to force Overtime with an 80-80 tie. In that extra session the Saints emerged with a 95-88 victory over Johnson University of Tennessee.  

NAIA DIV TWO

Indiana East Red WolvesELITE EIGHT: FIRST BERTH – One of the 1 seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RED WOLVES – faced the 4th seeded OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES (Insert my usual comment about how there are too many teams called Eagles.) 

The opening Half was a Defensive Epic and ended with the Red Wolves on top of the Eagles 28-23 but by the end of Regulation Oklahoma Wesleyan University had knotted things up at 55-55. One Overtime wasn’t enough and ended in a 66-66 deadlock, but the 2nd OT saw Indiana University East fight past the Eagles by a final score of 82-77. Bishop Smith’s 19 points led the Red Wolves. 

Briar Cliff University Chargers logoELITE EIGHT: SECOND BERTH – An upset was in the offing in this clash between the 3rd seeded BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS and the 2nd seeded SAINT THOMAS UNIVERSITY (FL) BOBCATS.

The Chargers seized a commanding 51-30 lead by the midpoint, then coasted to a 90-74 victory over the Bobcats. Twenty-five points from Ethan Freidel led the way to victory for Briar Cliff University.  

Saint Francis (IN) Cougars logo BETTERELITE EIGHT: THIRD BERTH – Up next came another 2 seed versus 3 seed matchup as the (2) UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IN) COUGARS went up against the (3) NORTHWESTERN (IA) COLLEGE RED RAIDERS.

This 2 against 3 game went the way of the chalk. The Cougars were in the lead almost wire to wire as they converted a 50-41 Halftime lead over the Red Raiders into a 94-83 trip to the Elite Eight. Derek Hinen of the University of Saint Francis led his team with THIRTY-FOUR points.

cornerstoneELITE EIGHT: FOURTH BERTH – Another 1 seed – the CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES – faced the 4th seeded SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE MOUNDBUILDERS.

By the break the Golden Eagles were on top of the Moundbuilders by a score of 45-36. From there Cornerstone University put even more distance between themselves and Southwestern College, defeating them 92-73. Michael Bradshaw tossed in 25 points to lead the Golden Eagles.

Indiana Wesleyan WildcatsELITE EIGHT: FIFTH BERTH – An All-Hoosier State version of a 1 versus 4 battle came next as the (1) INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS took on the (4) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS.

The Wildcats outscored the Grenadiers 46-39 in the opening Half and 39-33 in the 2nd Half for an 85-72 triumph. The lead scorers for Indiana Wesleyan University were Kyle Mangas and Evan Maxwell, each with 17 points and 8 rebounds.  

Morningside Mustangs logoELITE EIGHT: SIXTH BERTH – The 2nd seeded MORNINGSIDE COLLEGE MUSTANGS took the court against the 3 seeds – the WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE KNIGHTS.

The Mustangs made the Knights chase them as they parlayed a 44-36 Halftime advantage into an 84-73 final score and a trip to the Elite Eight. Brody Egger’s 25 points led the way for Morningside College. 

college of idaho coyoteELITE EIGHT: SEVENTH BERTH – The 1 seeded COLLEGE OF IDAHO COYOTES waged all-out war with the 5th seeded DAKOTA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY TIGERS (Should be the Blue Tigers).

The 1st Half was a Defensive grudge match and ended with the Coyotes clinging to a slight 28-26 edge. The teams each scored 34 points after the break, giving the College of Idaho a 62-60 victory. The Coyotes were led by Roosevelt Adams with 14 points. 

Marian University KnightsELITE EIGHT: FINAL BERTH – One of the 6 seeds – the MARIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS – once again provided an Upset, this time against the 2nd seeded INDIANA TECH WARRIORS (Should be the Hoplites.)

The Knights were fairly roaring about the impending Upset with a 43-36 Halftime lead. In the 2nd Half Marian University consummated the Upset threat by defeating the Warriors 90-74. Reggie Kissoonlal led the Knights with a Double Double of THIRTY points and 11 rebounds. 

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8 responses to “NCCAA FINAL FOUR ACTION, NAIA ELITE EIGHT SET

  1. Zed

    I really like these other teams.

  2. Awesome teams. Never heard of them til now.

  3. Great, thanks for sharing this blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

  4. Ossie

    I want a Red Wolves t-shirt!

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