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Semifinal Preview

William Penn Celebration
March 11, 2013
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Matt Bos-Media Coordinator
- Three seeded teams, including the top two, will be playing in tonight's 2013 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship semifinals. The 2013 event is being held at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.

After a relatively easy go of it in the second round, top seed William Penn and #2 Cardinal Stritch were pushed to the very limit in Saturday's quarterfinal. The Statesmen needed a last second shot by guard James Devlin, one of the biggest shots ever at the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, to survive and advance past unseeded Midland (Neb.) 67-66. Cardinal Stritch had to go to double-overtime, just the third in the championship's history to defeat #10 Dordt College (Iowa) 82-76.

Three teams, William Penn, Cardinal Stritch and Indiana University Southeast, are all making its first ever national semifinals while Grace (Ind.), the most experienced of the teams left, is in its second semifinal. The Lancers won the title in 1992, defeating Northwestern (Iowa) 85-79 in overtime.

Monday's semifinal will begin with #1 William Penn vs Grace at 6:00pm, followed by the nightcap featuring IU Southeast vs Cardinal Stritch at 8:00pm.

For a closer look at all four teams, see below:

William Penn: #1 seed; 33-1 overall-Midwest Collegiate Conference
Points/Game: 79.7 ppg
Points/Game Allowed: 71.7ppg
Leading Scorers:
  Keith Steffeck-21.3ppg, 8rpg, 1.3apg, 49% FG, 10 3pters (2nd)
  Brandon Beasley-14.3ppg, 15.3rpg (1st), 1.7apg, 33% FG
  Taylor Stoutner-14.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 13 3pters (1st)
  James Devlin: 12.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 5apg

Grace College: unseeded; 24-9 overall; Crossroads League
Points/Game: 79ppg
Points/Game Allowed: 60.3ppg
Leading Scorers:
  Karl Columbus: 15.6ppg, 5.7rpg,
  Bruce Grimm, Jr.: 15ppg, 3.7apg, 47% FG
  Elliot Smith: 13.7ppg, 9 3pters (5th)
  Greg Miller: 12ppg, 8.7rpg

Indiana University Southeast: #11 seed, 30-4 overall-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Points/Game: 77.7ppg
Points/Game Allowed: 68.3ppg
Leading Scorers:
  Cameron Mitchell: 14ppg, 5rpg, 3.3apg
   Jake Simpson-13.7ppg, 4 3pters, 4.3rpg,
   Kevin Mitchell-12.3ppg, 5.7rpg
   Kegan Clark-12ppg, 5.7rpg
   Matt Trimnell-11.3ppg, 5 3pters,
   Terence Billups-11.3ppg,

Cardinal Stritch: #2 Seed; 33-3 overall-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Points/Game: 79ppg
Points/Game Allowed: 65.3ppg
Leading Scorers:
  Derek Semenas-20.3ppg, 7 3pters (7), 6rpg,
  Darren Moore-15.3ppg, 9.3rpg,
  Tony Smit-11ppg, 4 3pters,
  Nick Ford-8ppg, 7.3apg (2nd)

For all the stats, scores and tournament leaders, go to the following DakStats page:

Quarterfinal Scores:
#1 William Penn def. Midland, 67-66
Grace (Ind.) def. Dakota State (S.D.), 72-59
#11 Indiana Southeast def. College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 75-60
#2 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) def. #10 Dordt (Iowa), 82-76 (2OT)

Championship Information

NAIA DII Men's Basketball Championship
Official Merchandise