October 21, 2014

Midland, Bellevue men advance in NAIA D-II tournament, Hastings women win, Concordia knocked out

MEN’S RECAP

–#10 Midland opened championship play with a 69-61 win over Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the first round at the 2014 NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The 2014 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. Midland, now 27-5, will play either #7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) or Cincinnati Christian (Ohio) in a second-round match-up on Friday, March 14 at 8:30am.

–No. 8 Bellevue (Neb.) scored the final five points in earning an 81-78 win over Concordia (Ore.). Trailing 78-76 with 26 seconds remaining, Bellevue’s Given Kalipinde converted an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Bruins the lead (79-78) and then the senior hit two free throws after boarding a missed Concordia go-ahead jumper with just over one second left.  Bellevue improves to 29-5 and will play No. 9 Davenport (Mich.) in a second round match-up on Friday, March 14 at 10:15am.

WOMEN’S RECAP

–No. 7 Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) opened the 2014 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championships with a 91-86 upset win over No. 2 Concordia (Neb.)  As a team, Concordia shot 37.6 percent (32-of-85) from the field. The Bulldogs held a 59-55 edge in rebounding, but could not overcome a season-high 31 turnovers. With the loss, Concordia is eliminated in the first round of the national championship for the second-straight season and ends the year with a 25-8 record.

–Led by four Broncos in double figures and 47 second half points, No. 2 Hastings (Neb.) defeated No. 7 Union (Ky.), 79-64. The Broncos, who improved to 27-5 on the year.  A 12-2 run in the second half by Hastings gave the Broncos their first double-digit lead of the game 49-39. Hastings’ timely shooting continued throughout the remainder of the half for their 15-point win. Senior guard Cami Bruckman recorded her second double-double of the year with a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.