ROUND ONE, GAME ONE – The 6 seeds – the MONTANA TECH OREDIGGERS – clashed with the 3rd seeded ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS. The Orediggers put the Battlin’ Bears on Upset Alert with a stunning 36-20 Halftime lead then went on to consummate the deal with a 70-59 victory. Taylor England led Montana Tech with a Double Double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. This was the Orediggers’ first Opening Round win since 1999.
ROUND ONE, GAME TWO – The 4th seeded MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS took the court against the 5 seeds – the PROVIDENCE UNIVERSITY ARGONAUTS. At the end of an action-packed 1st Half the Lights were on top 50-37. From there the Argonauts outscored Montana State-Northern 56-51 but in vain. The Lights entered the Century Club with 101 points to the 93 scored by Providence. Adam Huse and Mascio McCadney had 26 points each for the victors.
ROUND ONE, GAME THREE – In the 2 spot the LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS did battle with the 7 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS. The Warriors were pretty much in control of this game from the opening tip-off. By the midpoint Lewis-Clark State had gotten out to a 44-30 advantage and then after the break kept up the pressure, putting more and more distance between them and the Bulldogs. The Warriors won it 94-74 led by 17 points from Dana Abe.
SOUTHERN STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
ROUND ONE, GAME ONE – The 8 seeds – the MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE REDHAWKS – faced the 9th seeded UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE RAMS (should be the Iron Rams). The Redhawks went up 32-28 by the break and pulled away from the Rams a bit more in the 2nd Half for a 70-62 triumph. Dwayne Ward led Martin Methodist College with 21 points.
ROUND ONE, GAME TWO – The 7-10 game pitted the 7th seeded MIDDLE GEORGIA STATE KNIGHTS against the 10th seeded BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TOPPERS. This was a nailbiter all the way with the Knights holding a 34-32 Halftime edge before defeating the Toppers 71-68. Seventeen points from Darrell White led Middle Georgia State.
SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FIRST QUARTERFINAL – U.P.S.E.T. was the name of the game as the 8th seeded OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE AGGIES (should be the Okies) took on the top seeds – the WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS (should be the Flying W’s). The Pioneers led 37-33 at the Half but the Aggies stormed back to win it 76-67. Khallid Edwards led the way for OPSU with 24 points.
SECOND QUARTERFINAL – The 6 seeds – the MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS – played the 3rd seeded UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS. The Evangels made it clear another Upset could be in the offing with a 40-38 Halftime edge over the Drovers. From there MACU held on by their fingertips for a 75-74 victory. Anthony Black tossed in 20 points to lead the Evangels.
THIRD QUARTERFINAL – A 5 over 4 Upset came next. The 5th seeded OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS battled the 4 seeds – the LANGSTON UNIVERSITY LIONS. A 41-36 lead for the Stars had the Lions worried at the break. In the 2nd Half Oklahoma City University left Langston U even further behind them, winning the game 84-73. Elijah Christman led the Stars with 18 points.
FOURTH QUARTERFINAL – This was the only chalk game of the Quarterfinals. The 2 seeds – the JOHN BROWN UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES (should be the Abolitionists) – took the court against the 7th seeded SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD UNIVERSITY LIONS. The Golden Eagles dismembered the Lions, leading 44-39 at Halftime then exploding for a 94-69 blowout win. Jake Caudle put up THIRTY-TWO points to lead John Brown University.