Big outburst in second half secures fifth-ranked Indianapolis' 84-74 win
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis (21-2, 13-2 GLVC) upped its winning streak to nine with an 84-74 victory against visiting Quincy (9-16, 4-11) Saturday afternoon. Four Greyhounds scored in double figures, led by Tyae Robinson's 20 points.
Fresh off recording their 20th win of the season on Thursday, the Hounds trailed by four at the half but shot 50 percent from the field after the break on the way to 47 second-half points.
Robinson finished 8 of 11 (.727) from the floor while adding a season-high eight assists. Junior Brennan McElroy amassed 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals; junior Joe Lawson had 14 points and seven boards; and senior Jared Grady added 15 points off the bench.
UIndy's 21-2 overall record matches the program's best mark through 23 games, tying both the 1963-64 and 1996-97 clubs atop in school annals. Those teams finished 26-3 and 23-4, respectively.
No. 1 Metro State 80, Regis 65
DENVER -- Metro State cruised to a 80-65 win against Regis as head coach Derrick Clark earned his 100th career victory on Saturday night. The Roadrunners improved to 21-1 overall and 18-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with their 18th consecutive win, while Regis fell to 7-16 and 4-14.
Clark passed Mike Dunlap as the fastest coach in school history to 100 wins, reaching the milestone in just 119 games. Dunlap achieved that total in 121 games.
Mitch McCarron led the Roadrunners with 24 points and had seven rebounds. He made a career-high 12 of 13 free throws and shot 6 of 10 from the floor. Nicholas Kay poured in 20 points and had 11 rebounds for his ninth career double-double.
Brandon Jefferson came off the bench for the first time and scored nine points on 3 of 4 shooting. Harrison Goodrick added seven points and six rebounds.
MSU Denver outrebounded Regis 35-to-23 and won the turnover battled 10 to 13.
Metro State forced nine turnovers and held Regis to 38.1 percent shooting in the first half to lead 33-22 at the break. McCarron had 12 points in the first half.
No. 2 Drury 56, No. 19 Lewis 53
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Kameron Bundy scored 23 points and Drury held its breath during a last-gasp potential game-winner by Lewis to beat the Flyers 56-53 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown Saturday afternoon at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.
The Panthers won their 23rd consecutive home game -- finishing the regular season 14-0 at The O' -- to move to 22-1 overall and 14-1 in the GLVC on senior day before a crowd of 2,413. In addition, Drury secured at least a share of the GLVC West title for a second consecutive year and clinched a first-round bye in the GLVC tourney.
DU coach Steve Hesser started his four seniors -- Ian Carter, Lonnie Boga, Shane Rudman and Mael Amenyedzi -- to go with Bundy, who carried the load for most of the day against a Flyers team that held a 25-21 lead at the halftime break.
Lewis held Drury to 9 of 26 shooting (35 percent) during the first 20 minutes, coming off the heels of the Panthers' 36-percent effort from the field in a 54-52 win against Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday that represented their worst full-game shooting performance in their past 80 games.
But the Panthers heated up quickly in the second half, made 14 of 24 shots (58 percent) and held off a Flyers surge late to win their 10th game in 10 tries decided by five points or less this season and their 13th consecutive in that situation dating back to last season's national champions.
No. 4 Tarleton State 94, Texas A&M-Kingsville 58
STEPHENVILLE, Texas -- Tarleton State shot a season-high 65.4 percent from the field on its way to a 94-58 Lone Star Conference win against Texas A&M-Kingsville before a sold-out crowd Saturday night at Wisdom Gym.
The Texans (21-1, 10-1 LSC) shot 34-for-52 from the floor with an 11-for-16 effort from beyond the arc. The 65.4 percent is not only a season-high for the Texans, but it marks the highest field goal percentage from a Texan team since knocking down 69.2 percent against Hillsdale Baptist more than 10 years ago, back on Dec. 15, 2003. It is the third-highest shooting percentage under a Lonn Reisman-coached team.
Tarleton has now posted 60-percent or better shooting efforts in four games this season, with a two of those coming against the Javelinas. In two games against TAMUK this season, the Texans are averaging 98.5 points per game and are shooting a little better than 63 percent from the field.
Chuck Guy scored 18 points and dished out a career-high 14 assists, while De'Andre Upchurch went 6-for-6 from the 3-point line to finish with a team-high 21 points.
No. 6 East Stroudsburg 93, Bloomsburg 77
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Junior guard Whis Grant scored 22 points, junior guard Matt Tobin had 18 points, nine assists and five steals and East Stroudsburg secured its second consecutive PSAC East title and third in five years with a 93-77 win against Bloomsburg on Saturday at Koehler Fieldhouse.
ESU (23-1, 13-1) will hang its fourth divisional champion banner, joining PSAC East titles won in 1992, 2010 and '13, as the Warriors closed with a 16-5 run to finish off Bloomsburg (14-9, 9-4), which falls a half-game behind West Chester in the hunt for the division's No. 2 seed.
ESU matches its 1972-73 team with 23 wins, the second-most in school history, and is one win from the record-setting 2009-10 team which finished 24-6 and made the first of three trips to the NCAA Division II tournament in the past four years.
Grant moved into ESU's top 10 in career scoring and Tobin entered the top 10 in single-season assists, just missing his third double-double of the year.
Sophomore guard Jamal Nwaniemeka added 17 points, including a four-point play to start the Warriors' finishing run after Bloomsburg closed within 77-72 with 5:01 remaining.
Gannon 67, No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) 62
INDIANA, Pa. -- Rogerio Livramento's career-high 25 points and another stellar performance by the nation's third-best scoring defense helped Gannon post a 67-62 victory at Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday night. The win propelled the Golden Knights to their first season sweep of the Crimson Hawks since 2008-09 while assuming sole possession of first place in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division with two regular-season games remaining.
Gannon finished 5-1 against the top four teams in the PSAC West, including sweeps of IUP and Slippery Rock. The Golden Knights can clinch a PSAC tournament first-round bye and a quarterfinal home game with a victory Wednesday night against Clarion.
The latest Gannon-IUP contest was almost identical to the Jan. 15 matchup at the Hammermill Center. Gannon won that contest 67-61 in overtime and almost matched that same score with a 67-62 verdict Saturday night. The Golden Knights rallied from a small four-point deficit with 15:38 to play on Jan. 15 and came back from an eight-point hole with 13:31 remaining this time around.
No. 9 Montevallo 75, Clayton State 63
MORROW, Ga. -- Montevallo took on the Clayton State Lakers for the second time in eight days on Saturday. After trailing for most of the previous game before rallying, the Falcons held a convincing lead against the Lakers for the majority of the game and earned a 75-63 win.
After the first 20 minutes had ended, Montevallo held a 39-26 lead against Clayton State thanks to 77 percent shooting from the field in the opening half.
In the second half, the Falcons maintained their lead and finished off the Lakers by the final score of 75-63.
Four players from Montevallo scored in double digits. Ryan May led the team with 15 points in 37 minutes. He also led the team in assists, dishing out seven helpers.
No. 10 Florida Southern 93, Florida Tech 83
MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Junior guard Kevin Capers scored a career-high 33 points on Saturday afternoon to help lead Florida Southern to a 93-83 victory against Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference action at the Clemente Center.
With the victory, the Moccasins clinched at least a share of the regular-season SSC title as they improved to 11-2 in the league and is now three games up in the league standings with three regular-season games remaining. The Mocs can clinch its 21st regular-season SSC title outright with one win this season.
Heading into the second to last week of the regular season, the Mocs are sitting three games in front of Tampa (8-5) and are three-and-half games in front of both Saint Leo and Nova Southeastern, who are each 7-5 in the league standings. The Mocs own a tiebreaker against Nova should the two teams tie at the end of the regular season thanks to sweeping the season series from the Sharks. SLU and Nova have played one less game than both Tampa and FSC.
In addition to Capers' 33 points, four other Mocs finished in double figures as sophomore guard Dominique Williams scored 13 points off the bench, while senior guard Frank Adams had 11 points and six boards, including scoring nine of those points in the second half. Senior forward Lamar McKnight and junior forward Stephen Battle each had 10 points off the bench as the Mocs finished the game with a 33-27 edge in bench points.