March 08, 2012
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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — (Box Score) Indiana Southeast earned a 77-67 win over Saint Mary (Kan.) in the first round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament at the College of the Ozarks.
The Grenadiers never trailed by more than one point, building a 34-28 halftime lead. The Spires never got closer than three in the second half.
Indiana Southeast used a 27-for-33 free throw shooting performance to forge the win with leading scorer Brice Mitchell scoring 14 of his 20 points from the free throw line, converting on all but two attempts. Jake Simpson added 15 points, while Darryl Bell came off the bench to score 13 and grab eight rebounds, while recording a team-high three assists. The Grenadiers were 22-of-58 from the field for 37.9 percent and they held a 46-38 rebounding edge.
The Spires, runners-up in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, were limited to 24-of-69 field goal shooting for 34.8 percent and struggled at the charity stripe, converting only 48.3 percent (14-of-29) attempts. Chip Schneider paced the offense with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. Kevin Harvey had 13 points and Jeb Greenberg had 11 points and a game high nine rebounds.
Indiana Southeast, the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference representative, runs their current winning streak to 11 and they advance to the second round after being eliminated in the first round of the tournament last year. The Spires, making their first appearance in the tournament since 2001, see their season end at 25-6. Indiana Southeast will face Davenport (Mich.) in a second round contest on Friday at 7:30 p.m.