Point Lookout, Mo.—Box Score | Bracket Dominez Burnett poured in a game-high 21 points in leading No. 1 Davenport (Mich.) back to the semifinals with a 77-60 win over No. 3 Warner (Fla.) in the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.
The Panthers run their record to 32-4 and will play the winner of No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan vs No. York (Neb.) in Monday’s second semifinal at 8pm. Davenport will be playing in its second straight and third overall national semifinal.
Despite shooting a dismal 22% in the first half, Warner led for much of the opening 20 minutes, scoring 13 of its 30 first half points from the free throw line. A 7-0 run, sparked by baskets by Burnett and a three-point play from Jason Jordan, put Davenport in front for good, 29-27. They held just a two-point edge, 32-30, the break.
Davenport dominated play from there, shooting nearly 60% from the field in a second half where they outscored Warner 45-30. Kevin Rich was dynamite from the outside, draining five three-pointers and scoring all 19 of his points in a torrid second half shooting display. Davenport was just as good on the defensive end, holding Warner to just one field goal over a six minute stretch where the Panthers stretched the lead to as much as 20.
Joining Burnett and Rich in double figures was Wayne Bradford with 10 points and playmaking guard Nick Gamble added seven points, five assists and four rebounds. Davenport shot 53% for the game and controlled the glass, 34-30.
Warner struggled from the field against the Panthers’ stellar defensive effort, making 32% of its field goal attempts. Warren Hall netted 19 points to lead head coach Sean Hanrahan’s squad and Nick Macon contributed 10 points and three rebounds off the bench. Warner closes the year with a 26-7 record.