The Union University men's basketball team posted an 88-85 overtime win over No. 19 Eckerd (Fla.) College on Saturday in the first round of the 2016 NCAA DII National Championships. Union, the seven-seed, improved to 21-10 on the season, while second seeded Eckerd's season ends at 25-7. Union now advances to the region semifinals Sunday at 5 p.m. versus third seeded Barry (Fla.). Barry ended Union's season last year in the first round of the national tournament. Union opened the game with nine straight points and led 9-0 at the first media timeout, just over four minutes into the game. Eckerd responded with a 17-7 run to take their first lead, 17-16, with 7:51 left in the half. Union got the lead back and extended out to a 24-19 cushion with 4:59 left in the half. Eckerd again rallied with a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the half, 29-24, with 2:57 left. It was Union's turn to respond and the Bulldog did and following a 3-pointer from Jordan Montgomery (6'6''-G) with 25 seconds left, Union had regained the 31-29 lead at the half. Eckerd controlled the first eight minutes of the second half, pushing their lead out to as many as eight points, 54-46, with 12:20 left in regulation. Union stormed back over the next two minutes and a Brennan Bowling 3-pointer tied the game at 57-57 with 10:07 left to play. Eckerd again led by five points, but Union tied the game gain at 65-65 with six minutes left. The teams went back and forth over the final six minutes of regulation. With 49 seconds left in regulation, Union's Montgomery converted a 3-point play to put Union up 74-73. After an Eckerd turnover, Union's Roy Bullock (5'11''-PG) hit one of two free throws to put his team up 75-73 with 29 seconds left. E.J. Moody (6'3''-G) hit a game-tying jumper for Eckerd with 16 seconds left. Union had one final shot to get the win, but Montgomery's shot was just short as the buzzer sounded. Union opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer from Bullock and the Bulldogs never trailed again. A second three pointer in their next possession by Ashanti Day (6'6''-G) put Union up 81-75, their largest lead since the 9-0 start. Eckerd cut their deficit to just two points, 84-82, with 22 seconds left. Union's Bullock was fouled and sent to the line with 10 seconds left. Bullock hit both free throws, but a quick 3-pointer by Eckerd cut the deficit to 86-85 with six seconds left. Union's KC Goodwin (6'0''-PG-94) then hit a pair of free throws and Eckerd missed their final 3-point attempt, giving Union the 88-85 win. Union head coach David Niven said, "I thought our guys hung in there and had an answer for every run that Eckerd made on us tonight. Obviously, we shot the ball extremely well from three and even better from the free throw line. Those were huge factors in our win. I'm really proud of Felipe and Brennan coming off the bench to make huge shots for our team. I also thought Ashanti was the best player on the floor tonight. Union shot 55 percent (6-11) from 3-point range in the second half, led by Bowling who was 4-for-4 in the second half from long range. Union made both of their 3-point attempts in the overtime period. Union was led in the game by Bullock with 21 points and four assists. Day added 19 points and 13 rebounds for his 19th double-double of the season. Montgomery added 18 points, including 13 in the second half. Bowling finished with 15 points. Union shot 44 percent from the field, 50 percent (13-26) from long range and 86 percent (19-22) from the free throw line. Eckerd was led by E.J. Moody with 24 points. Drushaun McLaurn (6'5''-F) added 15 points and Obi Kyei (6'8''-F-94) scored 14 points. The Tritons shot 45 percent from the field, 29 percent (8-28) from behind the arc and 72 percent (13-18) from the free throw line. Courtesy of: ncaa.com
Dixie State stopped at No. 8/9 Hawaii Pacific on Monday, 76-66 - 1 day ago
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Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the... [read more]
Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the game with a jumper and Brandon Simister (6'0''-PG-94) nailed a 3-pointer to give DSU the three-point cushion. However, the Sharks (25-2, 17-2 PacWest) countered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Josh Looney lay-in and free throw, as HPU wrestled back the lead at 56-51 with 15:21 to play. Dixie State rallied to make a one-point game at 56-55 at the 13:53 mark, but then the Trailblazers went ice cold offensively as DSU went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile HPU rattled off a 10-4 spurt in that stretch, as DSU hit just 4-of-7 from the foul line, to extend to its biggest lead of the game at 66-59 with 6:24 to go after a pair of Looney free throws. Simister finally broke the drought with a big 3-pointer to pull the Trailblazers to within four at 66-62 with 6:05 remaining. DSU's defense then came up with much-needed stops on the Sharks' next two possession, but Dixie State could not capitalize on the offensive end as Hawai'i Pacific held the Trailblazers to just four points the rest of the way to close out the victory. Simister led the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two treys, while Bradley poured in 14 of his 17 points in the first half to go along with seven rebounds and Hill finished with 15 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Dixie State shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the first half but was held to just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the second frame to finish at 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game. DSU was done in at the free-throw line as the Trailblazers shot a season-low 44.4 percent (12-of-27) at the stripe, which included eight more missed attempts in the second half. DSU also committed eight second-half turnovers and finished with 15 for the game, compared to just eight HPU miscues. DSU and HPU each finished with 35 rebounds, though the Sharks held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass. Looney led all scorers with 24 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. The Sharks shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 8-of-33 (.242) from the perimeter, and hit 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the foul line, which was a DSU opponent season high. Dixie State wraps up the 2016-17 regular season at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Trailblazers welcome Holy Names to the Burns Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will also serve as Senior Night as DSU seniors Marcus Bradley (6'6''-F) and Josh Fuller will be honored prior to tip-off. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and f... [read more]
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first half and at the break Cameron found themselves up 44-34 at the break thanks to a last second old fashioned three point play from Jalen Nicholas (6'6''-G/F). The Aggies shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, going 5-12 from the perimeter while hitting all three of their free throw attempts. They held the Falcons to just 30.8 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, but UTPB did make 5-13 from three and converted 13 off their 16 free throw attempts. JV Long (6'1''-PG) led CU at the break with nine points and three assists, while Tyler Williams (6'3''-G) had eight points and Trey Hall had seven. Vinnie Abbondola (6'2''-G) led UT Permian Basin at the half with nine points on 3-4 shooting from long range. The Aggies kept up their momentum to start the second half, stretching their lead to 20 points at the 15:59 mark. However, that is when UTPB made their move, as they used a 14-2 run to put the game at 62-54 with 13:33 left in the half. They slowly kept eating away at CU's lead and by the 4:13 mark, the Falcons were down by just four points. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth through the final minutes of play with the margin hovering around 3-4 points. Clutch free throw shooting by the Aggies down the stretch helped them secure the 90-87. Cameron finished the game with a 52.5 field goal percentage, while going 12-26 from the perimeter and 16-22 from the charity stripe. They got 25 points off of 23 UTPB turnovers and had 31 points from off the bench. Long finished with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three, and six assists, while Hall finished with 18 points, hitting 4-9 from long range. Williams chipped in 14 points and Momoh had 11. UT Permian Basin (19-5, 10-4) had won nine straight before Saturday's loss. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 44 percent from the perimeter, and converted on 30 of their 37 free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Johnnie Lacy had 20 and Josh Morris had 17. Cameron will finish out the regular season at home as they have three straight at the Aggie Gym. They will begin by hosting Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: cameronaggies.com
CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District Awards 2016-17 - 9 days ago
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District 1 Michael Coffey (6'1''-G) of ADELPHI Jack Jones (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) of SAINT ROSE Julian Lipinski (6'8''-F) of SAINT ROSE Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S. CONNECTICUT STATE Tyler Sayre (6'6''-F) of SAINT ROSE District 2 Noah Davis (6'6''-F) of SETON HILL Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of GANNON A.J. Leahey (6'7''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Dan Monteroso (6'3''-G) of WEST LIBERTY Isaac Vescovi (6'6''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN District 3 Jaumonee Byrd (6'6''-F-94) of CLAYTO... [read more]
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