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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