ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS
ROUND ONE, GAME ONE – The top seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY NORTHWEST REDHAWKS – got a wake-up call from the 8th seeded LINCOLN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY RED LIONS. The Redhawks seemed to have everything under control and led 57-40 come Halftime. After the break the Red Lions came storming back, with IUN holding on by their fingernails for a 96-91 win. Rashad Richardson’s 22 points led the Redhawks.
ROUND ONE, GAME TWO – In this contest the 2nd ranked WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK likewise got almost more than they could handle from the 7 seeds – the GREEN MOUNTAIN COLLEGE EAGLES (Should be the Verdant Eagles). The Shock were on top 37-30 at the midpoint but barely eked out a 75-74 victory in the face of a furious Green Mountain College rally. Desmond Stanback led the Shock with 19 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME THREE – The 4 seeds – the COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS BOBCATS – took the court against the 5th seeded HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY INDIANS. A 36-30 Bobcats lead at the Half was trimmed down from there but that’s all as the College of the Ozarks held on to defeat the Indians 71-68. Leading the Bobcats was Heath Carmichael with 18 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME FOUR – Wrapping up Round One was this clash between the 3rd seeded VOORHEES COLLEGE TIGERS and the 6 seeds – the NORTHERN NEW MEXICO COLLEGE EAGLES. The Tigers were on top 43-40 at Halftime, then managed more and more separation in the 2nd Half. Ultimately Voorhees College won it 90-81 led by 28 points from Denzel Famble.