NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This title tilt pitted the 4 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF DIVINITY BEARS – against the 6th seeded OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS. A shootout of a 1st Half ended with the Bears on top of the Ambassadors 52-45 before they went on to win it by a final score of 97-89. Jerron Wilbut led ULACOD with THIRTY-ONE points. * THE BEARS ARE ACCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS *
USCAA DIV TWO FINAL FOUR
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The 4th seeded NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE LYNX took on the top seeds – the JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY WILDCATS. The Lynx had the Wildcats on Upset Alert at Halftime with a 40-38 edge. From there New Hampshire Tech got more and more separation from their opponents for a 98-76 triumph. Sean Riley tossed in 22 points to lead the Lynx. Continue reading
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The ARLINGTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PATRIOTS faced the UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF DIVINITY CUBS.
A tight opening Half ended with the Patriots on top of the Cubs by a score of 37-33. After the break Arlington Baptist University was able to put a little bit more distance between themselves and ULA-College of Divinity, winning the game 77-69. Quinton Moore notched 19 points to lead the Patriots. Continue reading
DAY TWO, GAME ONE – This game pitted the UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES COLLEGE OF DIVINITY CUBS against the RHEMA BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES. (Didn’t I tell you there are WAAAYYY too many college teams called Eagles?)
The explosive 1st Half ended with the Cubs chasing the Eagles, who were on top 44-34. ULA College of Divinity came fighting back and forced Overtime with a 74-74 tie to end Regulation. In the extra session the Cubs slipped past Rhema Bible College in an 85-84 nailbiter. Jalen Holdford led ULACOD with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
DAY TWO, GAME TWO – Up next the KANSAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE FALCONS took the court against the CHAMPION CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TIGERS.
An action-packed opening Half saw the Tigers muster a 44-42 edge over the Falcons. From there Kansas Christian College clamped down defensively and outscored Champion Christian College 37-33 for a 79-77 victory. Thirteen points from Wilkins Desir led the Falcons.
DAY TWO, GAME THREE – The CAROLINA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CENTURIONS squared off against the OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AMBASSADORS, fresh off their Day One triumph.
The Centurions figuratively “threw them to the ground” on defense, smothering the Ambassadors for a FORTY-SIX to TWENTY Halftime lead. In the 2nd Half Carolina Christian College coasted for a 79-56 victory, led by Austin Robinson’s 22 points as well as by Artavius Love’s Double Double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Continue reading
*** USCAA DIVISION ONE ***
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2nd seeded CONCORDIA (AL) COLLEGE HORNETS and the 4 seeds – the ILLINOIS TECH SCARLET HAWKS – battled for the title in Division One of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association).
The Scarlet Hawks ended the 1st Half on top of the Hornets 33-27 but Concordia College made with one of their patented comebacks. In the end the Hornets took the crown by a final score of 61-51. Dennis Miles led Concordia with a Double Double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. * THE HORNETS ARE CHAMPIONS OF USCAA DIVISION ONE * Continue reading
USCAA – National Champions were crowned in BOTH divisions of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). In Division One the top seeded ROCHESTER COLLEGE WARRIORS trailed the 3rd seeded DAEMEN COLLEGE WILDCATS 31-28 at halftime but wound up winning the title in a 70-67 Instant Classic. This is the 5th National Championship for RC and the 1st since 2005.
Warren Wilson College
USCAA DIVISION TWO – Meanwhile in D2 of the USCAA the two lowest seeds in the tournament, the number 9 WARREN WILSON COLLEGE OWLS and the 10th seeded FAYETTE ROARING LIONS, made this the tournament of underdogs. The two toppled every other team in their way to face off in the championship game. Like RC the Owls trailed at the break, in their case by a score of 36-33, but came back to win the crown by a final score of Continue reading
* NAIA *
GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – In the upset of the night the DILLARD BLEU (sic) DEVILS, the 8 seeds of this conference tournament, stunned the top seeded XAVIER (LA) GOLD RUSH, a perennial power in NAIA college hoops. 59-56 was the final score in this defense- heavy and shock- filled opus. ### The 5th seeded SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY AT NEW ORLEANS KNIGHTS toppled the 4 seeds, the TALLADEGA COLLEGE TORNADOES, in a 63-61 Instant Classic. ### In Overtime the (3) EDWARD WATERS TIGERS brought down the (6) TOUGALOO BULLDOGS by a score of 68-61. ### … And the 2nd seeded PHILANDER SMITH PANTHERS dispatched the 7th seeded FISK BULLDOGS 91-81.
SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE – The 4th seeded UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS played the SAC game of the night against the 5 seeds, the LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CHAPARRALS, and won out by a score of 66-63. ### In a schocking game the 2nd seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST BISON had their post- season meltdown early this year, falling to the 7th seeded OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS 64-60. ### Another 1st round upset saw the 6th seeded ROGERS STATE HILLCATS topple the (3) MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS by a score of 87-83. ### In the top spot the JOHN BROWN GOLDEN EAGLES eschewed all such drama and sent the 9th seeded ST GREGORY’S CAVALIERS home with a 71-56 loss.
AMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE – In the 2 spot the PARK UNIVERSITY PIRATES put up a Century Club- worthy 105 points to the 73 scored by the 7th seeded HARRIS- STOWE HORNETS. ### The (1) COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS had a more low-key 67-52 win over the (9) HANNIBAL- LAGRANGE TROJANS. ### The 5th seeded WILLIAM WOODS OWLS fell to the 4th seeded WILLIAMS BAPTIST EAGLES in a 70-68 game for the ages. ### … And the (6) LYON COLLEGE SCOTS lost a 79-77 Instant Classic to the Continue reading
Yesterday was Day One of the national championship tournament for both divisions of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). Likewise for the Association of Christian College Athletics. Conference tournaments continued, meanwhile, in the NAIA1, the NJCAA and the CCCAA.
The AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY GYRENES are the 2nd seed in the USCAA tournament and last night put away the 7th seeded VICTORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES by a score of 89-76. The Gyrenes led 48-27 at halftime but Victory U fought back to make the final score a little more respectable.
Meanwhile, in a 5 seed over a 4 seed upset, the USCAA’s SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS toppled the LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY AT BELLEVILLE LYNX 91-79. The Lynx actually outscored SVU 51-46 in the 2nd half, but the Knights were too shrewd defensively to let their opponents get too close. Continue reading
The Point Loma Nazarene University Sea Lions (logo at left) were among the teams competing in yesterday’s Golden State Athletic Conference tournament. A handful of 1 seeds were toppled, including the OBU Bison, who fell to a 7 seed team!
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February Frenzy has turned into March Madness here at Balladeer’s Blog and tournament action is in high gear. The Montana State-Northern Lights (logo at left) are the 1 seed in the Frontier Conference and advanced to the league’s title game with a win over the Great Falls Argonauts yesterday. Meanwhile the ACCA National Continue reading
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers (logo at left) were among the teams tipping off last night’s Sooner Athletic Conference tournament. Balladeer’s Blog will examine the results of their game plus the many others in the NAIA and other divisions of college sports covered here.
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