THE SUN CONFERENCE
ROUND ONE, GAME ONE – (The top 2 seeds in the Sun Conference get a bye in the 1st round.) The 3rd seeded AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES took the court against the 6 seeds – the SAINT THOMAS UNIVERSITY BOBCATS. The Gyrenes parlayed a 39-29 Halftime lead into an 80-69 triumph. Ave Maria University was led by Leo Behrend with 23 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME TWO – The 5 seeds – the COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA MARINERS – visited the 4th seeded KEISER UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS. At the break the Seahawks held a 39-34 advantage over the Mariners. The College of Coastal Georgia came back to force Overtime with a 76-76 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session the Mariners won it 86-85. Jaylen Smallwood’s 23 points led CCG.
NORTH STAR ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
ROUND ONE, GAME ONE – The 3 seeds – the MAYVILLE STATE COMETS – faced the 6th seeded VITERBO UNIVERSITY V-HAWKS in this game. The Comets had mustered a 43-40 edge by the Half and from there they got more and more separation from the V-Hawks, ultimately winning the game by a score of 88-75. Gorg Alhag led the way for Mayville State with his 28 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME TWO – The 4th seeded DICKINSON STATE BLUE HAWKS played the 5 seeds – the VALLEY CITY STATE VIKINGS. The Blue Hawks were on top 39-30 by the midpoint of the game. After the break each team scored 36 more points as Dickinson State defeated the Vikings 75-66. Leading the Blue Hawks was Melvin Collins with 19 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME THREE – In the 2 spot the PRESENTATION COLLEGE SAINTS did battle with the 7th seeded DAKOTA STATE TROJANS for a trip to the 2nd round. A 38-32 Halftime lead for the Saints over the Trojans eventually became a 79-67 victory. Quadre Lollis of Presentation College led the Saints by tossing in 22 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME FOUR – Wrapping up round one in the NSAA was this clash between the top seeded BELLEVUE (NE) UNIVERSITY BRUINS and the 8 seeds – the WALDORF COLLEGE WARRIORS. After a 36-25 Bruins lead at the break the 2nd Half became all about defense. In the end Bellevue University won the game 60-40 led by 19 points from Justin Bessard.