The 2019 College Basketball postseason is underway in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog! As usual the NAIA’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference tipped things off with Round One of their Conference Tournament last night.
TOP SEED FALLS – The 8th seeded UNIVERSITY OF SAINT FRANCIS (IL) FIGHTING SAINTS took on the CCAC’s top seeded OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS. The Fighting Saints showed they were in it for the win, playing hard enough for a 34-33 edge at Halftime. The teams put up 47 points each in the explosive 2nd Half as USF emerged with an 81-80 Upset. Cole Micek led the victors with 24 points.
FOUR OVER FIVE – In the 4 spot the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS (shoutout to a regular reader of Balladeer’s Blog who went there) welcomed the 5th seeded ROBERT MORRIS (IL) UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Eagles put the Lakers on Upset Alert at the break with a 31-28 advantage but Roosevelt U came roaring back for a 79-70 victory. Kevin Day’s 23 points led the Lakers and his teammate Grant Gibson notched a Double Double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
GUV-NORS STATE – The 3 seeds – the GOVERNORS STATE JAGUARS – played host to the 6th seeded SAINT AMBROSE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING BEES. The Jaguars were clinging to a slight 46-44 lead at the end of an action-packed 1st Half. After the break Governors State squeezed out a little more distance from the Fighting Bees to win it 87-78. Robbie Brooks tossed in 24 points to lead the Jaguars.
NUMBER TWO TRIES HARDER – The 2nd seeded HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS defended their home court against the 7 seeds – the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES. The Saints had things well in hand by Halftime with a 43-28 lead over the Wolves. From there Holy Cross College kept Cardinal Stritch U at arm’s length for an 82-68 triumph. The Saints were led by twenty points from Robby Jimenez.