The 25th-ranked Emory University men's basketball survived a close call on Saturday night as the team battled from a seven-point deficit with 6:39 remaining in regulation before defeating the Birmingham Southern College 84-78 in overtime in the second round of the NCAA D-III Tournament. The victory propels Emory to the Sweet Sixteen for the third consecutive season. With the win, Emory (20-7) has now won 20 or more games in a season for the fifth time in school history. The loss snaps BSC's 19-game winning streak and puts a cap on a 23-7 season for the Panthers. Emory will now face Augustana (Ill.) next Friday after the Vikings were 96-80 winners over Hope on Saturday night. Time and place to be determined. BSC used a 16-4 run in the second half to build a seven point cushion at 57-50, but the Eagles answered with a 16-9 stretch of the their own to tie the game at 66-66 with 1:38 to go in regulation. With the game tied again at 68, BSC's Ross Welch made driving layup to give the Panthers a two-point edge with 47 seconds remaining. However, senior Davis Rao (6'5''-G/F) made a clutch jumper from just inside the three point line to tie the game at 70 with 34 seconds left. The Panthers had a chance to win it before the final buzzer but Ian Thom missed a close range layup with seven seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Birmingham Southern took a two point lead 1:34 into the extra session at 74-72 but freshman Beau Bommarito responded with a huge corner three off the great feed by Jonathan Terry off the long outlet pass by sophomore Whit Rapp (6'0''-PG) to put the Eagles ahead 75-74. Bommarito finished with just four points on 1-of-2 shooting but his big three pointer gave Emory the lead for good with 3:18 to go. BSC's Alex Avery (6'6''-F-93) cut it to 79-78 with 50 seconds remaining in overtime but that was closest the Panthers would get in the final moments. Down one with the clock running down, The Panthers had a costly turnover as a back-cut pass went out of bounds to give the ball back to the Eagles with 2.8 seconds to go. Rao was fouled on the inbounds pass and made his first free throw. After a technical foul was issued to the BSC, before the second foul shot that gave Rao another two shots from the charity stripe. Rao went on to make all three to provide the 84-78 final margin. Rao led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. Senior Will Trawick (6'5''-F-94) scored 20 points in 23 minutes and sophomore Adam Gigax (6'7''-F) (13) and Terry (11) were the other Eagles in double figures. Gigax grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and Rao and Rapp dished out a team-best three assists. For Birmingham Southern, Avery poured in 19 points, corralled seven boards and handed out game-high seven assists. Thom posted 16 points and nine rebounds while Welch scored 15 points and Harrison Deneka (6'6''-F) chipped in with 13 of his own. The game was tightly contested as the lead changed hands eight times and was tied at 11 different moments. Neither squad was able to put distance from the other as the largest lead in the game was BSC's seven point edge in the second half. Courtesy of: emoryathletics.com
Salem ain't so: Men's title game on the move - 9 days ago
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After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 [read more]
After more than two decades, the Division III men's basketball championship will call some place other than the Salem (Va.) Civic Center home, starting in 2019. The NCAA announced the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, in Fort Wayne, Ind., will be the host for NCAA Division III men's basketball national semifinals and national chanpionship games in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. The NCAA announced the host site for all of Division III's championships through the end of the 2021-2022 athletic season. Three separate sites will host the Division III women's basketball championship game. Salem has hosted the national semifinals every year since 1996 and hosted the national championship every year but 2013 when all three Divisions played their national title game in Atlanta. The 2017-18 national semifinals and championship game will be played in the Salem Civic Center before the move takes effect the following season. The Salem Civic Center is part of the James E. Taliaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex, along with Salem Stadium which has hosted the NCAA Division III football national championship game every year since 1993. The Stagg Bowl will played one more time in Salem in December 2018 before it moves to Shenandoah, Texas, for two years. The Civic Center, which opened in October 1967, seats around 5,000 for basketball. The move will likely separate national championship weekend from the Jostens Trophy award ceremony, which has traditionally taken place on Thursday of championship weekend. The Jostens Trophy is administered by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and given out by the Salem Rotary Club to one player from Division III men's basketball and one from Division III women's basketball in honor of excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Sewanee men's basketball coach Bradley Pierson resigns - 13 days ago
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Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new wom... [read more]
Bradley Pierson on Thursday became the third Sewanee coach to resign since February. Pierson stepped down after one season as the men's basketball coach to become the coach at his high school alma mater, Darlington School in Rome, Ga. Pierson's resignation followed those of football coach Tommy Laurendine, who stepped down in February, and women's basketball coach Tom Campbell, who stepped down in March. Travis Rundle was hired as the new football coach and Tracy Braden was as the new women's basketball coach. The men's basketball team posted a 15-12 record under Pierson in 2016-17. Pierson finished with the most wins as a first-year coach in program history. Prior to being named the Tigers head coach, Pierson served as an assistant for three seasons. "Coach Pierson has left an indelible impression on the Sewanee men's basketball program as a player, as an assistant coach, and finally as our head coach," Sewanee athletics director Mark Webb said. "His contributions are many, and he will certainly be missed by our players and athletic staff." Courtesy of: tennessean.com
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