KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (Box score) Cameron Glidden led No. 4 Concordia (Calif.) with 30 points in the 100-85 victory against Montana Western this afternoon in the 75th Anniversary of the 2012 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship. The Eagles advance to their third quarterfinal in the last four years where they will play No. 12 LSU Shreveport (La.) on Saturday at 4 p.m. CDT. The event is being played at Municipal Auditorium.
Balanced scoring was the theme, which has been the case all year for Concordia. Four players reached double figures, which is close to the five players who average doubles in scoring this year. Gliddon, who went 8-for-12 for the field, including 7-of-10 from the arc, posted a career-high point total. DeLaun Frazier finished with 19, Austin Simon had 14 and Dakota Downs chipped in 11 and 10 boards. Tommy Granado, who averages over 12 on the year, hit for nine points.
"We had some great performances offensively today from Gliddon and Frazier," said Concordia head coach Ken Ammann. "The way they hit their shots with such confidence was huge. To advance in this tournament, you need people to step up and play well. To have those guys play like that in this game was definitely needed."
After seven lead changes in the game's first six minutes, Concordia took a 19-11 lead after a 3-pointer by Gliddon. The Eagles maintained that lead throughout the first half, but Montana Western kept it close with the play of Brandon Brown. The Frontier Conference Player of the Year scored 20 points in the first 20 minutes, with 12 of them coming at the charity stripe.
Down 45-40 to start the second stanza, Montana Western got to work on the offensive end. Brown and Kyle Erickson hit baskets and were a part of a 10-2 spurt to open the half. Tyler Hurley's fast break lay-up handed the Bulldogs their final lead of the game at 50-47.
That is when the Bulldog offense went cold as they went six-straight possessions without a point. Meanwhile, the Eagles scored a 20-7 run to break the game open with 11 minutes to go. Five different Concordia players netted a point during that stretch.
"I was really worried at the start of the second half when they came out smoking and took that three-point lead," said Ammann. "They are such an explosive team offensively, and even when we were up 20 with six minutes left, the lead didn't feel safe."
Erickson's second triple of the game at the 3:14 mark put the Bulldogs down 89-83, but that was the closest they would get.
The Bulldogs wrap up the year with a 25-10 record.
"We didn't think the Eagles could shoot that well from the three point line," said Montana Western head coach Steve Keller. "Concordia is a great team, and when they shoot threes like that they are very hard to beat. I am very proud of our guys. They didn't quit and cut the lead to six points in the second half. It shows the character of the players on our team. But we got tired, guys had to play a lot of minutes, and we don't have a lot of depth right now."
Concordia - The Eagles improved to 21-8 all-time at the national tournament, fifth-most among teams still active in this year's tournament ... Senior guard Cameron Gliddon, the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, has 13 career games and six this season with at least five 3-point field goals ... Concordia has advanced to at least the second round of the tournament in eight of its ten appearances ... The Eagles reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time this season and are now averaging 86.1 points per game, good for fourth in the NAIA.
Montana Western - Montana Western slips to 3-10 all-time at the national tournament and has yet to advance past the second round in four attempts ... The Bulldogs finished the season 25-10 for the second time in three campaigns, both of which ended with a second-round loss in the national tournament ... The Bulldogs allowed 100 points for the first time since yielding 103 points to Minot State (N.D.) on Nov. 25, 2009 ... Senior guard Brandon Brown finished his career with 1,740 points, including 755 this season that currently ranks fourth in the NAIA.