Story By Eric Montgomery | Media Coordinator Photos courtesy of Referee Photo
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (Box Score) No. 7-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) pulled off the second-straight upset of the day in the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, knocking off No. 2-seeded Columbia (Mo.), 75-66, to advance to the second round in the Duer Bracket on Thursday afternoon at Municipal Auditorium. The Tigers will play the winner of No. 3-seeded Montana Western, a 105-96 winner over SAGU (Texas), on Friday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m. CDT
- Campbellsville improved its season record to 24-9
- Pikeville finished its season with a record of 27-5
- Jalen Coates led five Campbellsville players in double figures with 15 points and six rebounds, while Hagen Tyler added 14 points
- Andrew Smith and Shawn Johnson each posted 12-point, 10-rebound double-doubles for the Tigers, and Jacob King also chipped in with 12 points
- Adam Mennemeyer led all scorers with 19 points to go along with six rebounds for Columbia
- Nic Reynolds added 12 points for the Cougars, while Lucky Ogbomo pulled down 10 rebounds
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Just one point separated the teams after the opening half, as each club hit four three-point shots with Campbellsville hitting one additional field goal (12-11)
- Following a pair of ties early in the second half, Campbellsville took the lead for good on an inside field goal by Adam Stanford with 12:55 to play
- A three-pointer by Hank Matthews trimmed a 10-point Columbia deficit down to three at the 7:14 mark, but Campbellsville stretched the lead out to 13 points with 1:45 remaining after two free throws by Tyler
- The Tigers shot 56.5 percent (13 of 23) in the second half and limited Columbia to 35.4 percent for the contest
HOW THEY SAW IT
- Campbellsville head coach Brent Vernon – “Our guys did a great job tonight. We really executed our scouting report and guarded our butts off by holding the second-ranked three-point shooting team in the country to 29 percent from deep. That honestly proved to be the difference-maker.”
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Campbellsville committed just one turnover in the first half, while Columbia finished the game with a tournament-low eight miscues
- Columbia guard Jackson Dubinski dished out a tournament-leading nine assists
Campbellsville is back in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship for the third time in the past four years...The Tigers have qualified for the national tournament 12 times overall and hold a 10-11 all-time record...Campbellsville is 6-6 all-time in the opening round...The last time Campbellsville qualified for the national tournament (2016), the Tigers advanced to the semifinals before losing to Mid-America Christian (Okla.)...Campbellsville is one of six Mid-South Conference teams in the tournament...Mid-South teams are now 3-3 in the national tournament this year...The Tigers are 6-8 against teams in this year's national tournament... Coming into the game against Columbia, Campbellsville had won four of its last five games...Campbellsville came into the national tournament scoring 84.9 points per game...
Columbia (Mo.) makes its 22nd appearance in the tournament, and the eighth-straight trip…Columbia falls to 13-22 all-time in the national championship, and 9-13 in first round contests …The Cougars end the season with a 4-2 record against teams in this year’s national championship…Head Coach Bob Burchard leads all active NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball coaches’ in career wins with 773…Columbia entered the game ranked second in the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage (.414) and finished today’s game 7 of 25 from three-point range (.292)…Columbia was eliminated by another Mid-South Conference team in last year’s tournament, falling to Pikeville (Ky.), 56-51, in the second round.
Higher seeds are 7-6 thus far in the tournament, but two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds are already out… 11 of the first 13 games have been decided by 10 points or less, including seven by six points or less and five by three points or less.