By Matt Bos, NAIA Media Coordinator
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Four of the eight seeded teams advance on Thursday’s first round action, a day that had a everything from records being broke, to buzzer beaters to double overtime games. The 2014 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
Oklahoma Wesleyan began the day’s action with a 76-72 upset over no. 12 Morningside (Iowa) behind a 28-point effort by Devin Harris. The Eagles return to the second round for the first time since 2011 and will play no. 5 Indiana Wesleyan on Friday. The Wildcats used a big second half to pull away and defeat Reinhardt (Ga.) 82-67, the second largest margin of victory on the day.
No. 4 Cornerstone (Mich.) turned away Northwest Christian (Ore.) 84-68, led by Wes Hudson who scored a then-championship best 33 points. The Golden Eagles will face Friends (Kan.) in the second round after the Falcons sent no. 13 Northwood (Fla.) home with a 90-85 win, their first-ever victory in five tries at the championship.
The evening session began with the first overtime game of the day as Robert Morris (Ill.) defeated no. 14 Saint Francis (Ind.) 69-66. A three-pointer by Eagles’ guard Demarko Nash with two seconds left in regulation put the game into the extra period as RMU advances into the second round for the second time. They will play no. 3 Indiana University Southeast who scored the final seven points in its 75-70 win over upset-minded Tabor (Kan.).
The final two games is when things really got wild, beginning with a 75-72, last second win by St. Thomas over Union (Ky.). Tied at 72 and seemingly headed to overtime, Bobcats’ guard Kevin Hincapie knocked down a three-pointer from the left win as time expired to send his team to its second straight Friday match-up. They will play William Penn (Iowa) in the final game on Friday after the Statesmen knocked off Dordt 118-116 in double overtime in one of the most memorable games every played at the championship. The 234 combined points set a tournament record and there were also 10 other top five marks for a single game set in this epic match-up. Kelly Madison scored a 2014 championship best 38 points while Dordt senior guard nearly matched it with 33 points, knocking down eight three-pointers, before fouling out early in the first overtime.
Friday’s second round will feature eight match-ups, beginning with #7 Saint Xaiver (Ill.) against #10 Midland (Neb.).
Friday’s Second Round Schedule:
#7 Saint Xavier vs #10 Midland
#8 Bellevue vs #9 Davenport
#5 Indiana Wesleyan vs Oklahoma Wesleyan
#1 Cardinal Stritch vs Southeastern
#4 Cornerstone vs Friends
#3 Indiana University Southeast vs Robert Morris
Bethel vs College of the Ozarks
#11 St. Thomas vs William Penn
Thursday’s First Round Scores:
Oklahoma Wesleyan def. #12 Morningside (Iowa), 76-72
#5 Indiana Wesleyan def. Reinhardt (Ga.), 82-67
#4 Cornerstone (Mich.) def. Northwest Christian (Ore.), 84-68
Friends (Kan.) def. #13 Northwood, 90-85
Robert Morris (Ill.) def. #14 Saint Francis (Ind.), 69-66 OT
#3 Indiana University Southeast def. Tabor (Kan.), 77-75
#11 St. Thomas (Fla.) def. Union (Ky.), 75-72
William Penn (Iowa) def. Dordt, 118-116 (2OT)
Wednesday’s First Round Scores:
#10 Midland def. Embry-Riddle, 69-61
#7 Saint Xavier def. Cincinnati Christian, 87-71
#1 Cardinal Stritch def. Northern New Mexico, 74-53
#9 Davenport def. Ashford, 63-46
Southeastern def. #16 Huntington, 84-76
Bethel def. #15 Cal-Maritime, 85-75 OT
College of the Ozarks def. #2 College of Idaho, 88-84
#8 Bellevue def. Concordia, 81-78