NCCAA DIVISION TWO
FINAL FOUR: FIRST BERTH – The 4 seeds – the CROWN COLLEGE PURPLE STORM – went up against the 5th seeded ARLINGTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PATRIOTS.
At Halftime the Purple Storm were out in front by a score of 38-31. From there Crown College got more and more distance from ABU, ultimately winning the game 82-63. Cade Carroll led the Purple Storm in scoring with his 23 points.
FINAL FOUR: SECOND BERTH – Up next the top seeded GREAT LAKES CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS played the 8 seeds – the EMMAUS BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES.
The Crusaders dominated this game from start to finish. By the midpoint Great Lakes Christian College held a 42-27 advantage before going on to beat the Eagles by a blowout score of NINETY to SIXTY-THREE. Thirteen points from Whitney Harris of the Crusaders led this team effort.
FINAL FOUR: THIRD BERTH – The 3 seeds – the MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE THUNDER – took the court against the 6th seeded BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BRUINS.
This was a tale of two Halves, as the Thunder seemed in complete control of the game by the Half with their 44-27 lead. After the break, however, the Bruins outscored Manhattan Christian College 46-37, forcing the Thunder to hold on for an 81-73 victory. Taymont Lindsey tossed in 16 points to lead MCC.
FINAL FOUR: LAST BERTH – This game pitted the 2nd seeded CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY AT HARRODSBURG PIONEERS against the 7 seeds – the OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS.
The Pioneers were showing laser focus offensively in the opening Half, seizing a 47-30 advantage over the Ambassadors before the buzzer sounded. From there Campbellsville U-Harrodsburg managed even more separation from their opponents, defeating Ozark Christian College 91-67. All but one Pioneer scored, with Antoine Darby’s 13 points leading the victors.
USCAA DIVISION ONE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Fighting it out for the title were the top seeds – the PAUL QUINN COLLEGE TIGERS – and the 3rd seeded BRYANT & STRATTON COLLEGE AT BUFFALO BOBCATS.
The Tigers were on top by a tight 38-34 score come Halftime. After the break Paul Quinn College muscled their way further ahead of the Bobcats, ultimately winning out 80-69 in this entertaining clash. Ja’Mare Redus of the Tigers led his team with 18 points. * THE TIGERS ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS OF THE USCAA *
USCAA DIVISION TWO
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The 5th seeded SOUTHERN MAINE COLLEGE SEAWOLVES stunned the top seeds – the PENN STATE AT MONT ALTO NITTANY LIONS – in this defensive epic.
The Seawolves very bluntly put the Nittany Lions on Upset Alert by Halftime, leading them THIRTY-THREE to SIXTEEN! From there Southern Maine College and Penn State-Mont Alto went blow for blow and point for point as the Seawolves got a 61-44 triumph. Zachary Mickle put up 27 points to lead SMC.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – In this game the 7 seeds – the JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY AT CHARLOTTE WILDCATS – took on the 3rd seeded PENN STATE AT YORK NITTANY LIONS.
At the Half the Wildcats held a 35-23 advantage over the Nittany Lions. After the break Johnson & Wales-Charlotte kept York at arm’s length as they went on to win the game 81-69. Anthoney Ray tossed in THIRTY-FIVE points for the Wildcats while his teammate Fred Patterson logged a Double-Double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
NAIA FIRST ROUND
MARCH UPSET – The 12th seeded HUNTINGTON UNIVERSITY FORESTERS provided one of March’s perennial 12 seed over 5 seed Upsets, in their case over the (5) GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS.
At Halftime the score was knotted up at 40-40, but from there the Foresters dominated the Tigers on both sides of the ball to win the game 80-69. Caleb Middlesworth scored 24 points to lead Huntington University.
TEAM SPIRIT – The 6th seeded OTTAWA UNIVERSITY (AZ) SPIRIT took on the 11 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE SOUTHERN FIREHAWKS.
The Spirit smothered the Firehawks on both sides of the ball in the opening Half, leading them 44-29 by the break. From there Ottawa University (AZ) gradually got more and more separation from their opponents for a comfortable 90-67 victory. Josiah De’laCerda led the Spirit with his Double-Double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.
STATE OF GRACE – This game pitted the 7 seeds – the GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS – against the 10th seeded UNIVERSITY OF THE CUMBERLANDS PATRIOTS.
A very tight game was the result as the Lancers held a 40-34 Halftime lead but had to hold on tight against a furious Patriots comeback attempt after the break. The final score was Grace College 73 University of the Cumberlands 71. Eighteen points from Frankie Davidson led the Lancers.
NINE OVER EIGHT – The 9th seeded KANSAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY COYOTES faced the 8 seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT SOUTH BEND TITANS.
The Coyotes grabbed a 36-23 advantage by the midpoint of the game. From there the Titans outscored Kansas Wesleyan U 53-49 but still fell short as the Coyotes went on to an 85-76 triumph. KWU was led by Cory Kaplan, Tyus Jeffries and Marcel Dean with 12 points each.
COMEBACK OR BACKDRAFT? – This game pitted the 1-seeded ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM against their quadrant’s 9 seeds – the XAVIER UNIVERSITY (LA) GOLD RUSH.
At Halftime the Gold Rush had the Firestorm faithful nervous with their 33-29 edge. After the break Arizona Christian University came roaring back to win the game by a healthy margin of 75-63. Angelo Johnson tossed in 16 points to lead the Firestorm.
FIVE OVER TWELVE – The 5 seeds – the BETHEL (KS) THRESHERS – took on the 12th seeded BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS.
An action packed 1st Half ended with the Threshers on top 46-39, following which Bethel College put more and more distance between themselves and the Chargers for an 86-70 victory. The Threshers were led by Jaylon Scott, who logged a Double-Double of 28 points and 15 rebounds.
UPSETTIN’ OWLS – In this game the 11th seeded OREGON TECH HUSTLIN’ OWLS did battle with the 6 seeds – the HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS.
The Royals were clinging to a tight 35-31 lead come Halftime. After the break the Hustlin’ Owls outscored Hope International 56-50 for a thrilling 87-85 Upset win. Scotty Burge put up 17 points to lead Oregon Tech.
SIX OVER ELEVEN – Meanwhile, in a different quadrant, the 6 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF JAMESTOWN JIMMIES – defeated the 11th seeded LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS (should be the Explorers).
It seemed like anybody’s game at the Half with the Jimmies on top by a mere 37-35. From there the University of Jamestown floored it, leaving the Warriors further behind as they won the game 84-70. The Jimmies were led by Mason Walters with his Double-Double of THIRTY-FIVE points and 12 rebounds. His teammate Marc Kjos notched a Double-Double of his own with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
PILOTING TO A WIN – The 5th seeded LSU-SHREVEPORT PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) faced the 12 seeds – the MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS.
This was one of the games of the day as the Pilots held a Halftime lead of just 39-38. In the 2nd Half LSU-Shreveport squeezed out some breathing room as they downed the Spartans by a final tally of 83-77. Leondre Washington led the Pilots with THIRTY points.