Washington Adventist takes A.I.I. title - Mar 4, 2017
Washington Adventist picked up their first A.I.I. title in program history with a 78-63 upset of #4 Rochester College on Sunday. The 2017 A.I.I. Championship closed out on Sunday afternoon with the title game taking place at Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. The championship game featured #4 Rochester College and #21 Washington Adventist University. The top seeded Warriors held the early advantage in the game with seven point advantage just over six minutes into the game. The WAU Shock took it in stride though and continued to apply pressure on Rochester. WAU cut the lead down to three points with Tyrus Fleetwood (6'2''-PG-95) tying the game at 17 with a three point bucket at the 7:05 mark. The Shock got their first lead since their opening bucket on their next trip down the court and tried to make a run.The Warriors wouldn't have it though and battled back to go up by three with just over a minute and a half left in the opening period. WAU scored the final four points of the half to take a 34-33 lead into the break. In the second half, the back and forth continued with neither side building much of a lead. Each time one side would make a small run the other would counter with one of their own and tie the game. A 12-2 run by Washington Adventist over a nearly two and a half minute span allowed them to hold the 66-56 advantage with 5:11 to play. The Shock maintained their momentum in the closing minutes and handed Rochester College just their second loss of the season with their 78-63 title win. Fleetwood led Washington Adventist with 23 points and Brian Bridgeforth (6'10''-F) finished with a game high 13 rebounds. Justin Nafso put up 18 points for Rochester College and both Jaylen Larry (6'8''-C) and Angelo Griffis (6'5''-G) had seven rebounds each.
Courtesy of AII Sports
AII Div.II Tournament Final: Washington Adventist - Rochester 78-63 AII Div.II Tournament Semifinals: Washington Adventist - Central Christian 70-68 Rochester - Indiana Northwest 98-91
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