By Matt Bos, Media Coordinator
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. - (box score) No. 5 McPherson (Kan.) is headed to the quarterfinals with an impressive 86-74 win over No. 12 St. Thomas (Fla.) in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The Bulldogs advance to their second-straight round of eight and move on with a 32-3 overall record.
With the score tied at 52, McPherson went on an 11-2 scoring run, sparked by a pair of three-pointers by Aaron Frazier, to take the lead for good. St. Thomas did not get any closer than seven over the final eight minutes.
McPherson shot an impressive 67% from beyond the arc, making a 2012 tournament-high 12 three-pointers. Frazier led McPherson with 23 points, including five three-pointers, and teammate Samson Shivers added 19 points, also with five three-pointers. Jordan Crawford put in 17 points and shared team-high honors with eight rebounds.
St. Thomas started the game strong, owning a five-point lead until an 8-0 run put the Bulldogs up 13-10. McPherson built its lead up to 25-18 until the Bobcats came back with an 18-9 run and led by two just before the half. McPherson responded with an 11-2 run, which continued into the second half, to go back up by seven (45-38).
The Bobcats shot 39% for the game and were led by Kevin Hincapie with 23 points. Everson Lacerda totaled 13 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double. Saint Thomas, who won its first ever national tournament game on Thursday, ends the season with a 23-9 overall record.
McPherson will play No. 4 Dordt (Iowa) in Saturday's quarterfinal at 1:00 p.m. CST. Both teams will be playing for their first-ever trip to the national semifinals.