NCCAA DIV TWO
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – It was a Chalk Championship Game with the top two seeds facing each other. The 1 seeds – the two-time Defending Champions – the RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS played the 2nd seeded BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BRUINS.
Points flew like shrapnel in the 1st Half, which ended with the Saints on top of the Bruins by a count of 52-44. After the break Bob Jones University came storming back and grabbed a 76-75 lead with roughly 6 minutes to play. Randall University refused to say die and rallied for an 86-84 victory led by Trey Sneed’s THIRTY points. * THE SAINTS ARE NCCAA2 CHAMPIONS *
NAIA DIV TWO
FINAL FOUR, FIRST BERTH – One of the 1 seeds – the INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RED WOLVES – did battle with the 3rd seeded BRIAR CLIFF UNIVERSITY CHARGERS.
The Red Wolves pulled out to a 41-33 Halftime lead over the Chargers. Both teams notched 35 points in the 2nd Half, making the final tally for the game Indiana University East 76 Briar Cliff University 68. Jaylen McKay tossed in 19 points to lead the Red Wolves. Continue reading
NCCAA DIV TWO
FIRST SEMIFINAL – In this game the 2 seeds – the BOB JONES UNIVERSITY BRUINS – fought it out with the 3rd seeded GRACE BIBLE COLLEGE TIGERS.
With just 3 minutes left in the 1st Half the Tigers held a 39-38 lead, but the Bruins managed a 9-0 run to go into Halftime on top by a score of 47-39. After the break the points continued to fly like shrapnel, with Bob Jones University triumphing over Grace Bible College 94-84 for their first trip to the title game.
*** The Bruins’ Nate Ellenwood led his team with a TRIPLE DOUBLE of THIRTY-FOUR points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Continue reading
DAY ONE, GAME ONE – The 4 seeds – the JOHNSON UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE ROYALS – took the court against the 5th seeded MARANATHA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SABERCATS.
The Royals had things well in hand by the break with a 51-31 advantage over the Sabercats. Coming out of the locker room Johnson University of Tennessee kept up the pace until garbage time, bouncing Maranatha Baptist University by a final score of 90-73.
DAY ONE, GAME TWO – Up next the top seeded Defending National Champions – the RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS – clashed with the 8th seeded KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS.
Kentucky Christian University was really feeling it and had the Saints faithful worried at Halftime with their 39-36 edge over the top seeds. In the 2nd Half Randall University showed the Heart of a Champion and outscored the Knights 42-38 for a tight 78-77 win. Kashus Lyons scored 24 points for RU. Continue reading
* NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP *
Shorter U Hawks
SHORTER PEOPLE GOT PLENTY OF REASONS TO LIVE – The National Christian College Athletic Association tournament has provided us with plenty of exciting basketball since its Wednesday tipoff. True to form the NCCAA Championship Game boasted a wealth of drama as well, with the SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS and the OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES going into Overtime before the new champs were crowned.
OCU was going for its second title in the past three years but the Hawks would have none of it. When the dust had settled in the extra session Shorter University emerged with a 90-87 victory in this Instant Classic. Enroute to the title game SU defeated Mid- America Christian University and top- seeded Fresno Pacific University. Congratulations to the Hawks!
* NJCAA3 CHAMPIONSHIP *
PARTYING IN THE GARDEN STATE – The National Championship game in NJCAA Division Three was played yesterday between New Jersey’s BROOKDALE COLLEGE JERSEY BLUES and the state of Texas’ EASTFIELD COLLEGE HARVESTERS. The first half of the game was a Continue reading
* NAIA SWEET SIXTEEN *
NUMBER THREE TAKES A FALL – Perennial basketball powers the (3) LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES were upset yesterday by the (14) MONTANA WESTERN BULLDOGS. The Bulldogs are the only Frontier Conference team left in the tournament and did the league proud with their 83-73 shocker over the Flames. Montana Western came back from a 34-31 halftime deficit to stun the nation.
CRUSADE OF THE RIVERBOAT PILOTS – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS put together an upset of their own last night. Their opponents, the (9) EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS, only gave up an average of 65 points during the 2012-2013 campaign but the Pilots boast the highest- scoring offense in NAIA Division One. The game saw a series of runs, with Continue reading
* NAIA *
NUMBER FIVE GOES DOWN – That was number FIIIIIVE! Yesterday the CULVER STOCKTON COLLEGE WILDCATS upset the (5) LEWIS- CLARK STATE COLLEGE WARRIORS thanks to a hot’n’ heavy 2nd half effort! The final score in this memorable game was Wildcats 91 Warriors 72.
IF NUMBER FIVE FALLS CAN NUMBER SEVEN BE FAR BEHIND? – The MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS scored a Century Club- level number of points on the way to their own upset yesterday. The Pioneers took down the (7) CAL STATE- SAN MARCOS COUGARS in a 109-98 donnybrook the MNU faithful will be reliving for years.
THE BISON ADVANCE – The (10) OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON had their hands full with the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM but got it together enough to emerge with a win. The Bison move on to the Sweet Sixteen with an Continue reading
CLOSE UPSETS – The LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) rose up and took out the (8) PIKEVILLE UNIVERSITY BEARS! After leading at halfime 44-35 the Pilots withstood a spirited rally by Pikeville in the 2nd half and advance to the Sweet 16 with a 91-87 victory. ### And the MARTIN METHODIST REDHAWKS upset the (11) WESTMONT WARRIORS. The Redhawks were up by 7 at the break then had to go blow for blow with Westmont in a fast’n’ furious 2nd half to come out on top 71-65.
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS – The number one seeds, the COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS, sent a message to the rest of the tournament field yesterday, eviscerating the OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS by a score of 68-37. ### And in more bad news for the Sooner Athletic Conference the UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS got eliminated by the Continue reading
Last night the Final Four teams in the NAIA Division 2 tipped off for the right to advance to the championship game. In the first game the top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN fell behind by 6 early on but roared back to tie the GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS at 21 all. A 10-0 run put the Lancers up 31-21 but the Statesmen responded with a run of their own to take a 34-31 advantage. By half-time the game was tied up at 36-36. William Penn came back from the break on a 6-0 tear and never looked back. The Statesmen advanced to their first- ever appearance in the national title game with a 79-58 victory.
The 2nd seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES played the (11) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS next. Game Two started the same way with the ultimate victors trailing early on. Stritch rose up against that early adversity and went on an intimidating 20-4 run. The Grenadiers would rally to Continue reading
* NCCAA CHAMPIONSHIP *
ANOTHER CHAMPION CROWNED – The National Christian College Athletic Association Division Two title game was played last night. The top seeded OHIO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS squared off against the Cinderella 7 seeds, the ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS. The Patriots accomplished the seemingly impossible by actually leading the Trailblazers at halftime, 38-37. OCU was the season’s dominant team, however, and reasserted themselves in the 2nd half. The final score in this National Championship Game was Trailblazers 73 Patriots 62. Congratulations to Ohio Christian University!
* NAIA2 FINAL FOUR *
GAME OF THE DAY – The (2) CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES battled the upstart (10) DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS through TWO OVERTIMES before obtaining a final result. The 1st half was a defensive struggle, with the score at the break a startlingly low 29-24 in favor of the Wolves. 61-61 was the tally at the end of regulation and it wasn’t until the 2nd Overtime period that CSU put some distance between themselves and the Defenders. In the end the 82-76 result propelled the Wolves into the NAIA Division Two’s Final Four.
A MAN CALLED DEVLIN – The top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN trailed the MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS by one point with time expiring, but a James Devlin fallaway jumper gave the Statesmen a 67-66 victory. With the win WPU advances to their FIRST EVER Final Four. Even more amazing is the fact that the Statesmen still have only ONE LOSS for the entire 2012-2013 campaign. William Penn won the battle of the backboards, out- rebounding the Continue reading
* NAIA *
UPSETS – Day 3 of the NAIA Division Two tournament took place yesterday. The (11) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS toppled the (6) ST XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS by a score of 83-73. ### And the (10) DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS dragged down the (7) INDIANA WESLEYAN WILDCATS 75-62. The Defenders led 35-24 at halftime and retained control in the 2nd half.
INSTANT CLASSICS – The MIDLAND UNIVERSITY WARRIORS and the YORK PANTHERS needed Overtime to resolve their 2nd Round game. In the end the Warriors emerged with a 76-71 victory. ### And the final game of the 2nd Round was the tightest last night. The DAKOTA STATE TROJANS led the ST THOMAS (FL) BOBCATS 30-27 at the break, but wound up winning by just a single point. The final score was Continue reading