No. 10 Midland (Neb.) heads into the quarterfinals after holding off no.7 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 64-61 in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship, on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
The Warriors shot 47 percent from the field in the game and went 13-19 from the free throw line. St. Xavier struggled from the floor, shooting just 35 percent on the day after going just 6-24 in the first half. Starkel was Midland’s leading scorer on the game with 14 points. Franklin and Gullie contributed 12 points each, and Williams added nine points with seven rebounds.
Midland improves to 28-5 and will play either Bethel (Ind.) or College of the Ozarks (Mo.) in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
#9 Davenport picked up a thrilling 67-65 win over No. 8 Bellevue (Neb.). The appearance in the third round is the third in the last four years for the Panthers, tops among all NAIA teams at the Division II Championship. The Bruins were held 25 points below their season average while struggling from behind the arc, as they finished just 2-18 (11.1%). On the flip side, Davenport did not make a single shot from long-range but connected on 26-37 (70.2%) inside the arc.