Saturday, February 25, 2017

Centre College Gets Past Berry to Advance to SAA Semifinals

Centre College held of Berry to advance to the Southern Athletic Association Tournament semifinals.

The Colonels will battle third-seeded Birmingham-Southern at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

Here's a recap from CC:

MEMPHIS (CentreColonels.com) – The second-seeded Centre men's basketball team earned a 69-56 victory over No. 7 seed Berry in the opening round of the 2017 Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament on Friday night at Mallory Gymnasium on the campus of Rhodes College.

With the win, the Colonels (14-10) advance to Saturday's semifinal round to face the winner of the Birmingham Southern-Oglethorpe matchup at 7 p.m. CT. The Vikings close the season with a 10-16 ledger.

Early in the first half after a basket by freshman forward Jakob Spitzer (Atlanta, Ga.) knotted the game at 2-2, Berry scored nine straight points to gain an 11-2 edge with 11 minutes remaining in the opening frame.

Centre went nearly five minutes without scoring a point, before using a 17-5 run capped by three consecutive 3-point baskets, including two by sophomore guard Tucker Sine (Bowling Green, Ky.) and one by freshman guard Bailey Rakes (Mt. Washington, Ky.) to give the Colonels their first lead of the night at 19-16 with just under seven minutes showing on the clock.

Berry would regain the 23-21 advantage, when Centre's 19-4 surge into the second half pushed the Colonels' lead to its largest of the night at 40-27 at the 17:50 mark of the period.

Centre closed the first half on an 11-1 run as senior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ohio) knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer off the feed by freshman guard Art Walker (Mt. Sterling, Ky.). Gump also ignited the spurt with a jumper.

The Vikings responded with a 15-5 run of their own, shrinking the deficit to just 45-42 with 13:46 to play in the game, before freshman forward Jacob Bates (LaGrange, Ky.) scored six of Centre's nine points during a 9-3 surge to build the Colonels' advantage back to 54-45 with just over six minutes remaining.

Berry's Ethan Clark made a layup to cut the margin to 54-47, when a basket by Sine fueled an 8-2 Centre run to put the Colonels up by 13 at 62-49.

Centre would not allow the Vikings to come within less than 11 points for the remainder of the contest.

Sine, who garnered First Team All-SAA honors earlier today, paced the Colonels with 14 points in the game, connecting on 4-of-7 field goals, 2-of-4 3-pointers and 4-of-4 free throws to go with five rebounds and three assists.

Gump, another All-SAA selection, finished with 10 markers and six boards, while Bates was a perfect 5-of-5 from the field to close out the game with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds off the bench for the Colonels.

Rakes chipped in nine points off the bench and Ayers added eight points, three boards and tied a team-high with four assists. Walker also dished out four helpers in the victory.

Complete Recap

Friday, February 24, 2017

OVC Tournament Tiebreaker Scenarios Heading Into Saturday's Games

The Ohio Valley Conference standings are very complex with one weekend of games to go before the OVC Tournament in Nashville.

Here's what we know for sure:

- Belmont has won the conference and will be the No. 1 seed
- UT Martin and SEMO are tied in the West and have the best path to the No. 2 seed
- Morehead State will be the No. 3 seed with a win on Saturday and have locked up at least a No. 4 seed already
- The OVC Tournament field will definitely be Belmont, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, SEMO, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin
- Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay, SIU-Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois did not qualify for the tournament
- The Tennessee State band will be in arena for at least one night and they are worth the price of admission
- Then...it gets a little fuzzy.

Here's a breakdown of scenarios from the league:

Belmont, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Murray State, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin have clinched spots in the field.

Belmont (14-1) will be the No. 1 seed and receive a double bye to the semifinals.

The West Division Winner and No. 2 seed will be either Southeast Missouri or UT Martin.

SEMO clinches the No. 2 seed with a win on Saturday (would have better record vs. West Division in tiebreaker with UTM if UTM also wins).

UT Martin would be No. 2 seed with win and SEMO loss.

If SEMO, UTM and MUR all finish 9-7 (SEMO loses, MUR beats UTM), SEMO wins tiebreaker with 3- 1 composite record.

NOTE: If 2 or 3 teams are tied for West Division, after a tiebreaker the team(s) not winning division would go into seeding with teams 3-8.

If Morehead State and UT Martin are tied at 10-6 (assumes SEMO wins and is No. 2 seed) … UTM won season series 1-1 and would be No. 3 seed.

If Jacksonville State, Murray State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT Martin are tied at 9-7 … Composite Records: MUR (4-1), JSU (4-2), TTU (3-3), TSU (2-4), UTM (1-4)

If Jacksonville State, Southeast Missouri, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 (assumes UTM is No. 2 seed) … Composite Records: JSU (3-1), TSU (2-3), TTU (2-3), SEMO (1-2)

In TTU/TSU tiebreaker, head-to-head is even 1-1
Both teams would be 1-1 against No. 1 Belmont
TSU would be higher seed (1-0 vs. UTM compared to 0-1 for TTU vs. UTM)

If Murray St., Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin are tied at 9-7 (assumes SEMO is No. 2) …
Composite Records: MUR (3-1), TSU (2-2), TTU (2-2), UTM (1-3)
In TSU/TTU tiebreaker, head-to-head is even 1-1
Both teams would be 1-1 against No. 1 Belmont
TSU would be higher seed (1-0 vs. SEMO, compared to 0-1 for TTU vs. SEMO)

If Jacksonville State, Southeast Missouri and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 …
Composite Records: JSU (2-1), SEMO (1-1), TTU (1-2)

If Murray State and UT Martin are tied at 9-7 (assumes MUR win on Saturday) …
MUR won season series 2-0 and would be higher seed.

If Jacksonville State, Murray State and UT Martin are tied at 9-7 …
Composite Records: MUR (3-0), JSU (1-1), UTM (0-3)

If Murray State, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin are tied at 9-7 …
Composite Records: MUR (2-1), TTU (1-1), UTM (1-2)

If Murray State, Tennessee State and UT Martin are tied at 9-7 …
Composite Records: MUR (3-0), TSU (1-1), UTM (0-3)

If Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 (assumes both win & SEMO is No. 2 seed) …
Split season series 1-1
Both teams would be 1-1 against No. 1 Belmont
TSU would be higher seed (1-0 vs. SEMO compared to 0-1 for TTU against SEMO)

If Jacksonville State, Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 8-8 …
Composite Records: MUR (2-1), TTU (3-2), JSU (3-2), TSU (1-4)
Murray State would be No. 5
Tennessee Tech would be No. 6 (beat JSU in tiebreaker by with win over No. 1 Belmont)
Jacksonville State would be No. 7
Tennessee State would be No. 8

If Murray State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 8-8 …
Composite Records: TTU (2-1), MUR (1-1), TSU (1-2)

If Jacksonville State, Tennessee State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 8-8 …
Composite Records: JSU (3-1), TTU (2-2), TSU (1-3)

If Jacksonville State, Murray State and Tennessee State are tied at 8-8 …
Composite Records: MUR (2-0), JSU (2-1), TSU (0-3)

If Jacksonville State, Murray State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 8-8 …
Composite Record: TTU (2-1), MUR (1-1), JSU (1-2)

If Jacksonville State and Murray State are tied at 8-8 …
Murray State won season series 1-0 and would be higher seed.

If Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State are tied at 8-8 (assumes both lose on Saturday) …
Split season series (1-1)
TTU would be higher seed due to win over No. 1 seed Belmont

If Tennessee State and Murray State are tied at 8-8 …
Murray State won season series 1-0 and would be higher seed.

If Jacksonville State and Tennessee State are tied at 9-7 OR 8-8 …
Jacksonville State won season series 2-0 and would be higher seed

If Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 9-7 OR 8-8 …
Split season series 1-1
TTU would be higher seed due to win over No. 1 seed Belmont.

If Murray State and Tennessee Tech are tied at 8-8 …
Tennessee Tech won season series 1-0 and would be higher seed.

OVC Basketball Tiebreaker

The tiebreaker system for seeding the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Tournament will utilize the following factors, in order, until all ties are broken. In the instance where two or more teams are tied for divisional lead, the divisional leader tiebreaker system shall be utilized. Division leaders will be determined before any other seeding.

Divisional Leader Ties
(a) Head to head record will be compared with the team having the best record named as divisional leader;
(b) Overall division records will be compared with the team having the best division record named as divisional leader;
(c) Overall record against opposite division opponents will be compared with the team having the best opposite division record named as divisional leader;
(d) Records against the #3 finisher within the division will be compared with the team having the best record against the #3 finisher named as divisional leader;
(e) If step d does not break the tie, the process continues through the #6 team if necessary;
(f) In the event that the tie cannot be broken, the divisional leader shall be determined by a coin toss.

NOTE: In the case of steps D and E - if there is a tie between teams finishing 3-6 in the division, those ties should be broken prior to determining divisional leader by using the tiebreaker procedures below only with teams in that division. This is the only instance where ties between lower finishing teams will be broken first and not skipped over. In addition, these ties will only be broken for purposes of determining divisional leaders. Once divisional leaders are determined, these ties will be reinstated and handled according to the tiebreaker procedures below for determining seeds #3-8.

Two-way Ties (other than divisional leader)
(a) Records in head-to-head competition are compared with the higher seed going to the team that has won the most
games against the other;
(b) In the event step 1 does not resolve the tie (i.e., if the two teams split during the regular season), then the records for the tying teams against the No. 1 seed shall be compared. The team with the better record against the No. 1 seed shall gain the higher seed.
(c) If the potential No. 1 seed is among the tied teams, the process in step 2 will begin at the highest point in the standings that does not involve a tied team.
(d) The process continues through the No. 12 team, if necessary.
(e) In the event that the tie cannot be broken, the seedings shall be determined by a coin toss.

Multiple Ties (other than divisional leader)
(a) Composite records between tying teams will be evaluated to determine if one team has won more games against the other tying institutions (in which case that team would receive the higher seed) and/or one team has won the least number of games among the tied teams (in which case that team will receive the lowest seed), and /or two teams have the same composite record (in which case the two-team tiebreaker scenario shall be utilized);
(b) In the event this process does not resolve the multiple ties or reduce the multiple ties to one tie, then a comparison of records of the tying institutions against the No. 1 seed will occur. The team among the tying institutions with the better record against the No. 1 seed will receive the higher seed.
(c) If the potential No. 1 seed is among the tied teams, the process in step 2 will begin at the highest point in the standing that does not involve a tied team.
(d) This process continues through No. 12 team, if necessary.
(e) In the event this process does not resolve the ties, a coin toss will be the final alternative.

NOTE: If a multiple tie is reduced to a tie between two teams, the two-team tiebreaker formula will then be utilized. Ties involving teams higher in the standings are always broken before ties involving teams lower in the standings. Higher winning percentages shall prevail in tiebreaker situations, even if the number of games played against a team or group is unequal (i.e. 2-0 is better than 3-1). In the case of tied percentages, 2-0 is better than 1-0 and 0-1 is better than 0-2.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Cameron Payne Has Been Traded to Chicago

Former Murray State star Cameron Payne has been traded to the Chicago Bulls.

The Thunder sent Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Marrow to the Bulls for Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick.

It's not clear if the Bulls will keep Payne or send him to the waiver wire.




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Thomas More Advances to PAC Tournament Semifinals

Thomas More 96
Geneva College 74

PAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Here's a recap from TMC:

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) The No. 2-seeded Thomas More College men's basketball team defeated No. 7-seeded Geneva College, 96-74, in the quarterfinal round of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament. With the win, the Saints advance to the semifinal round where they will face No. 3-seeded Thiel College.

The Saints once again shot above 50 percent in every aspect of the game shooting as they shot 63.5 percent from the field, 50 percent from behind the arch and 90 percent from the free-throw line. The intensity on the defensive side of the ball was a big part of the Saints success as they had 12 steals off of 16 turnovers and recorded 29 points off of those steals.

The Saints had 10 players in the scoring column and were led by junior center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual), who finished with a game-high 21 points. Along-side Clifford was sophomore guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./ George Rogers Clark) with 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, while sophomore guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals and sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) added 11 points.

Talking with the Player of the Game, Brandon Horne, we asked him about the first round win and what it meant for the team and he told us, "We played with a lot of energy and we know at this time of the year anything can happen, so we know we have to stay together."

The Golden Tornadoes of Geneva had nine players reach the scoring column and three hit double-digits. Jimmy Leichliter, Ethan Moose and David Oliver all led the team scoring 18 points apiece.

The Saints will take on Thiel inside the Connor Convocation Center on Thursday (February 23) at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the championship game Saturday (February 25) to take on the winner of the other semifinal game between top-seeded Saint Vincent College and No. 5-seeded Bethany College.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

It's Tournament Time in Kentucky: Schedule for the Week

Believe it or not, it's tournament time for many college basketball programs across Kentucky.

For others, it's a critical week to solidify high seeds in conference and national tournaments.

Here's a look at the schedule for the week:

Monday, February 20

Campbellsville University 88 Wilberforce 63
Kentucky Wesleyan College 134 Salem International 64

Tuesday, February 21

7:00 p.m. Berea College at Kentucky Christian University
7:00 p.m. Geneva at Thomas More College (PAC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Wright State at Northern Kentucky University*
9:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Missouri*

Wednesday, February 22

7:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech vs. Asbury University (RSC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. IU East (RSC Tournament)
9:00 p.m. University of Louisville at North Carolina*

Thursday, February 23

7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Charlotte*
7:00 p.m. Jacksonville State at Eastern Kentucky University*
7:00 p.m. Thiel at Thomas More College (PAC Tournament)
7:30 p.m. Murray State University at SEMO*
7:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Cedarville
8:00 p.m. Southern Indiana at Bellarmine University*
9:00 p.m. Shawnee State at Lindsey Wilson College*
9:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Morehead State University*
9:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Cumberland University*
TBA Kentucky Christian University vs. TBA (Mideast Region Tournament)

Friday, February 24

6:00 p.m. Transylvania vs. Rose-Hulman (HCAC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Centre College vs. Berry (SAA Tournament)
7:30 p.m. UIC at Northern Kentucky University*
TBA KCU/TBA vs. TBA (Mideast Region Tournament)

Saturday, February 25

2:00 p.m. Florida at University of Kentucky*
2:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech at Eastern Kentucky University*
4:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands at University of Pikeville*
4:00 p.m. Life University at Campbellsville University*
4:15 p.m. Jacksonville State at Morehead State University*
5:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Lindsey Wilson College*
5:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Trevecca Nazarene*
5:00 p.m. Transylvania/Rose-Hulman vs. Hanover (HCAC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Old Dominion*
7:00 p.m. Centre College/Berry vs. BSC Ogelthorpe (SAA Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Murray State University at UT Martin*
7:30 p.m. PAC Tournament Championship Game
TBA WVU Tech/Asbury vs. IUS/Rio Grande (RSC Tournament)
TBA Brescia/IUE vs. Cincinnati Christian/Ohio Christian (RSC Tournament)
TBA Mideast Region Tournament Championship

Sunday, February 26

1:00 p.m. Valparaiso at Northern Kentucky University*
2:00 p.m. Syracuse at University of Louisville*
3:00 p.m. SAA Tournament Championship
TBA HCAC Tournament Championship

* Conference game

Midway University Goes 2-25 in Inaugural Men's Basketball Season

Midway University just finished its inaugural men's basketball season with a record of 2-25.

The Mountaineers earned conference wins over Brescia and Point Park

While the season ended with a disappointing record, the team improved as the season progressed and will look to build for the future.

Here's a recap from Midway's last game of the season:

Berea, Ky. – The first-ever Midway University men's basketball team saw their inaugural season come to an end on Saturday afternoon when they traveled to Berea (Ky.) in their final regular season game.

The Mountaineers took a 42-37 lead into the locker room and they were able to make it stand in the second half as they walked away with the 96-91 victory.

The Eagles hung with the Mountaineers in the early going as they had built a four point lead five minutes in behind a pair of free throws from DJ Townsend (Morehead, Ky.) and Brandon Johnson (Louisville, Ky.).

Berea (16-8) had battled back and scored nine unanswered en route to building their lead to its largest of the game at 38-26 with 4:33 remaining in the half. Midway closed the half on a high note with an 11-4 run cutting the deficit to five, 42-37, heading into the locker room. The opening minutes of the first half was a back-and-forth battle until the Mountaineers went on a 7-0 run to match their largest lead of the game, 79-67, with just over seven minutes remaining.

The Eagles wouldn't go away quietly as they got an old fashioned three point play from Townsend followed by a triple from Brandon Maxwell (Leesville, La.) cutting an eight point deficit down to two, 84-82, with two minutes and 35 seconds remaining.

Berea, however, responded with a run of their own by scoring seven of the next eight points to extend their lead back to eight. The Eagles cut the deficit to three in the final seconds, but Berea sank a pair of freebies to seal the 96-91 win.

The Eagles had four players score in double figures led by Maxwell who poured in a season-high 21 points. Maxwell also pulled down 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.

Townsend and Johnson added 19 and 16, respectively, while Mychele Bullock (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 11 off the bench.

Midway held the upper hand shooting 47.9 percent from the floor (34-71), while Berea shot 46.2 percent overall (30-65). The Mountaineers connected on 12-of-25 (41.4 percent) from long distance, while Midway shot at a 36 percent clip (9-25) from behind the arc.

With the loss, the Eagles finished their inaugural season with a 2-25 record overall.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Brescia, Asbury Preparing for River States Conference Tournament

The River States Conference Tournament tips off Wednesday. Brescia and Asbury have qualified for the tournament.

Alice Lloyd and Midway will not be competing in the conference tournament.

Here are details:

FLORENCE, Ky. -- The 2016-17 River States Conference Men's Basketball Tournament bracket is set! The eight-team tournament gets underway Feb. 22, and the winner claims an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship March 8-14 in Point Lookout, Mo.

No. 24-ranked IU Southeast (22-5, 16-2 RSC) is the No. 1 overall seed in the RSC Tournament. The Grenadiers are already guaranteed a bid to the national tournament as the RSC regular-season champs. IU Southeast won the RSC West Division title and opens up the playoffs Feb. 22 versus University of Rio Grande (Ohio) (13-17, 8-9 RSC), the No. 4 seed out of the RSC East Division.

No. 12-ranked IU East (23-7, 14-3 RSC) is the RSC East Division champion and takes the other No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. The Red Wolves begin the tournament Feb. 22 versus No. 4 seed Brescia (Ky.) University (12-16, 9-9 RSC) from the RSC West.

No. 11-ranked WVU Tech (22-7, 14-2 RSC) is the No. 2 seed out of the RSC East, and the Golden Bears take on Asbury (Ky.) University (16-13, 9-9 RSC), the No. 3 seed from the RSC West, in the quarterfinal round Feb. 22. The winner will face the winner of the IU Southeast-Rio Grande matchup.

Cincinnati Christian University (13-17, 10-8 RSC) is the No. 2 seed from the RSC West, and the Eagles meet No. 3 seed Ohio Christian University (17-13, 11-6 RSC) from the RSC East in the quarterfinals Feb. 22. The winner moves on to face the winner of IU East versus Brescia.

All games of the RSC Tournament will be hosted by the higher seed. The semifinals are Feb. 25, and the finals are Feb. 28.

The RSC Game Central presented by Stretch Internet will provide live streaming video broadcasts of all RSC Men's Basketball Tournament games. Subscribe to watch live or on-demand for $7.95 per game or $19.99 for all seven games of the tournament. An RSC all-access pass is available for $49.99 for access to all RSC championship events streamed throughout the 2016-17 year.

Log on to RiverStatesConference.com to stay updated with the RSC Tournament. Follow on Twitter @RiverStatesConf and @RSCScores with hashtags #RSC #RSCMBB and #ReSpeCt. "Like" us on Facebook.com/RiverStatesConference. The River States Conference was formerly known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. As of July 1, 2016, the conference changed its name as part of a re-branding effort.

2016-17 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Feb. 22-28, 2017 (All Times Eastern)

Feb. 22 -- Quarterfinals

(#4 East) Rio Grande (13-17, 8-9 RSC) at (#1 West) IU Southeast (22-5, 16-2 RSC) 7 p.m.
(#3 West) Asbury (16-13, 9-9 RSC) at (#2 East) WVU Tech (22-7, 14-3 RSC) 7 p.m.
(#3 East) Ohio Christian (17-13, 11-6 RSC) at (#2 West) Cincinnati Christian (13-17, 10-8 RSC) 7 p.m.
(#4 West) Brescia (12-16, 9-9 RSC) at (#1 East) IU East (23-7, 14-3 RSC) 8 p.m.

Feb. 25 -- Semifinals

Rio Grande-IU Southeast winner vs. Asbury-WVU Tech winner TBA
Ohio Christian-Cincinnati Christian winner vs. Brescia-IU East winner TBA

Feb. 28 -- Finals

Remaining Teams TBA


Berea College Earns 3-Seed in USCAA D1 National Tournament

Berea College will be the No. 3 seed in this season's USCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

The Mountaineers will play No. 6 Florida National University next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Concordia College and No. 7 Iowa Wesleyan College. The loser will play the loser of that game.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 1 University of Maine Fort Kent will battle No. 8 Dean College. No.4 Illinois Tech will take on No. 5 Florida College.

The tournament will conclude with a national championship game on Saturday, March 4.

Here's a look at the bracket:


Transylvania Falls at Manchester, Shifts Focus to HCAC Tournament

Manchester University 93
Transylvania University 66

Final from North Manchester, Indiana

Game recap by TU:

North Manchester, Ind. – The Transylvania men's basketball team was outpaced 93-66 by the Manchester University Spartans in its 2016-17 regular season finale Saturday at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena.

Despite the Saturday setback for the Pioneers, Transylvania remains firmly entrenched in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament picture.

The Pioneers completed their season with an overall record of 16-9, and 11-7 in HCAC play, slotting them fifth in the conference standings, one game back of No. 4 seed Rose-Hulman. The Pioneers will face Rose-Hulman in next Friday's HCAC Tournament first-round matchup in Hanover, Indiana.

Manchester picked up the final seed in the tournament and christened their entry into the tournament with a triumphant Senior Day win against the Pioneers at home. The Spartans jumped out to a 15-6 start and for the most part never looked back against the Pioneers. Transylvania whittled away at the lead numerous times the rest of the half, but another late run by the Spartans inside the two-minute mark crafted a 43-35 halftime advantage.

Manchester continued the attack in the second half, outscoring Transylvania 50 to 31 as its offense was in high gear. Transylvania was held to 8-for-23 shooting from the field in the second half, and missed 14 of 27 free throws in the second half which stood as a barrier to a comeback.

The Pioneers were led in scoring on the afternoon by sophomore guard Cooper Theobald who registered 16 points to go with six rebounds, one assist, and one block. The Pioneers received 26 points off the bench, led by freshman reserve forward Zachary Pulliam with nine points.

Senior guard Alex Jones added 10 points, and now sits 27 points away from becoming the 17th Pioneer in school history to score 1,500 points.

With the regular season campaign wrapped up, the Pioneers will now focus their attention to the HCAC Tournament, which begins next Friday.

The trek begins with a matchup against Rose-Hulman, with whom the Pioneers split the season series, each team winning at the other's gym. The third meeting of the season between the Fightin' Engineers and Pioneers will occur at a neutral site on the campus of No. 1 seed and host Hanover College.

The three-day tournament culminates in a Sunday 2:00 p.m. championship game as the Pioneers aim to clinch their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013.

For more on Transylvania men's basketball, follow @TransySports on Twitter.

HCAC Conference Tournament Schedule:

Opening Round- Friday, Feb. 24 (at Hanover)

No. 5 Transylvania vs. No. 4 Rose-Hulman, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Manchester vs. No. 3 Anderson, 8 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 25 (at Hanover)

No. 1 Hanover vs. No. 4/5 Winner, 5 p.m.
No. 2 Mount St. Joseph vs. No. 3/6 Winner, 7 p.m.

Championship- Sunday, Feb. 26 (at Hanover)

Schedule subject to change

* Tournament champion is the HCAC's automatic qualifier in the 2016 NCAADIII Championship Tournament.

Thomas More Earns Share of PAC Regular Season Title, 2-Seed in Tournament

Thomas More College 65
Washington & Jefferson 60

Final from Washington, Pennsylvania

Game recap by TMC:

(WASHINGTON, Pa.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team won a share of its third Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season title in program history today (Saturday, February 18, 2017) as it defeated Washington & Jefferson College, 65-60, inside the Henry Memorial Center in Washington, Pennsylvania.

With the win, the Saints improve to 19-6 overall and end the PAC regular season with a 15-3 mark. Thomas More will be the No. 2 seed after a tie-breaker with fellow co-PAC regular season champions Saint Vincent College. With the loss, the Presidents end the season at 4-21 overall and 4-14 in the PAC.

In the first half the President raced out to a 28-24 lead with 8:27 to play in the half. Thomas More closed out the opening half on an 11-6 run to cut the lead to 34-25 at halftime when senior guard Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) made a lay-up with 2:33 to play in the half.

The Saints dominated the second half as they out-scored W&J 40-26 and led by as many as 12 points with 2:46 to play in the game before winning the game, 65-60. Thomas More out-scored the Presidents 11-4 off turnovers in the game and 15-5 on second chance points. The Saints also out-rebounded the Presidents 45-26, making it the fifth game in a row that they have out-rebounded their opponent by double digits.

Four Saints scored in double-figures and were led by sophomore guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) with 14 points. Sophomore guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) and sophomore guard Ryne Callahan (Morehead, Ky./Rowan County) each finished with 12 points, while junior forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky./Henry County) added 10 points. Horne and King just missed double-doubles as they pulled down nine and eight rebounds respectively. King led the team in assists with four and Horne led the team in steals with two.

Talking with junior center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) about what this win meant to a team that had fought hard all year, he told us, "We are glad we could get it done on the road. We knew it was a big game for both teams and just were glad we could come up with the victory."

Thomas More will host a PAC Tournament first round game on Tuesday (February 21) at 7 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center. The Saints' opponent will be announced later tonight when the PAC office releases the tournament bracket on the PAC website at www.pacathletics.org.

2016-17 PAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament

Quarterfinals - Tuesday, February 21

7 p.m. No. 8 Chatham at No. 1 Saint Vincent (Quarterfinal 1)
7 p.m. No. 7 Geneva at No. 2 Thomas More (Quarterfinal 2)
7 p.m. No. 6 Grove City at No. 3 Thiel (Quarterfinal 3)
7 p.m. No. 5 Bethany at No. 4 Westminster (Quarterfinal 4)

Semifinals - Thursday, February 23

7 p.m. Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed (Semifinal 1)
7 p.m. Lower remaining middle seed at higher remaining middle seed (Semifinal 2)

Championship - Saturday, February 25

7:30 p.m. Lower remaining seed at higher remaining seed

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Disappointing Season Ends on Positive Note for Spalding University

Spalding University 72
MacMurray College 64

Final from Louisville, Kentucky


Game recap by SU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Spalding University men's basketball team won its final contest of the season Saturday against conference opponent MacMurray College, 72-64. The win improved their season record to 6-20 on the season, and 5-13 in SLIAC play.

On Senior Day, SU's two seniors shined. James Turner led the Eagles in scoring with 24, to go along with seven rebounds and four steals. Turner finished his stellar career at Spalding with 989 points. Senior Nick Trisko also contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds, notching his 19th double-double of the season. Trisko finished the season as the conference leader in both offensive rebounds, total rebounds and rebounds per game.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead to open the game, and stretched that lead to 17-9 with 10:51 to play in the first half. An offensive rebound and put back by Trisko with 3:46 left in the first half pushed the lead for Spalding to 10, but the score heading into the locker rooms at halftime was 36-27.

MacMurray cut the lead to five early in the second half before an 11-4 run by Spalding made it a 47-35 ball game with 15:37 left in the game. MacMurray mounted a comeback tying the game, 53-53, after Conner Vincent scored 12 of their 18 points during the run. The Highlanders connected on a three-point field goal with 6:52 remaining to take a 56-53 lead, but Spalding bounced right back and closed the game on a 19-8 run to seal the victory, sending the seniors off with a victory.

The win concludes the Golden Eagles men's basketball season. For the latest updates on SU men's basketball follow Spalding Athletics on Twitter at @SU_GoldenEagles and visit SpaldingAthletics.com.

Final SLIAC Standings (Only Top 4 Qualify for Conference Tournament):

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL
Greenville 14-4 20-5
Iowa Wesleyan 13-5 17-8
Westminster (Mo.) 13-5 17-8
Webster 11-7 14-11
Principia 11-7 12-11
Blackburn 9-9 12-13
Eureka 7-11 13-12
Spalding 5-13 6-20
MacMurray 4-14 5-20
Fontbonne 3-15 3-22

SLIAC Conference Tournament Schedule:

Friday, February 24

Game 1 - #2 Westmisnter vs. #3 Webster, 6 p.m.
Game 2 - #1 Greenville vs. #4 Principia, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

Championship Game - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 7 p.m.

Late Season Slide Leaves Centre College as 2-Seed in SAA Tournament

Centre College finished the regular season with three consecutive conference losses. The slide leaves the Colonels as the 2-seed in this week's Southern Athletic Association conference tournament.

Here's a look at the league's final standings:

SCHOOL CONF OVERALL
RHODES 11-3 14-10
CENTRE 9-5 13-10
BIRMINGHAM SOUTHERN 8-6 12-13
SEWANEE 7-7 14-11
HENDRIX 7-7 11-13
OGLETHORPE 7-7 10-15
BERRY 6-8 10-15
MILLSAPS 1-13 4-21

2017 SAA Men's Basketball Tournament Seeds

1 - Rhodes
2 - Centre
3 - BSC
4 - Sewanee
5 - Hendrix
6 - Oglethorpe
7 - Berry
8 - Millsaps

SAA Tournament Bracket (at Rhodes College)


Berea College Knocks Off Midway, Waits for USCAA Selection Show

Berea College 96
Midway University 91

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by BC:

Berea, KY- #9 Berea returned to the Roland Wierwille Court this afternoon, concluding the home portion of their schedule and celebrating the three seniors on the team during senior day. The team welcomed Midway College to the Seabury Center.

In a game which saw three ties and four lead changes in the first half, the scoring started with Corey Wise's drive to the basket to give the Mountaineers a 2-0 lead. The next five points went in favor of the visiting Eagles before Richard Parker, who finished the game with 32 points, hit a three-point basket to tie the game at five. Berea took the lead back off of Parker's second three-pointer of the game, 8-7. After a 6-1 run by Midway put them ahead 13-9, Anthony Myrks-Brewer hit a three-point jump shot which sparked a 9-0 scoring run for the Mountaineers, which included points from Gabe Hinton and Austin Glasgow, to pull ahead 18-13. After the Eagles pulled back within one point of the lead, Berea scored nine straight points to take a 26-17 advantage, with 8:16 remaining in the first half. The lead for the Mountaineers dwindled to just three points before a 10-1 run which consisted of back-to-back three-point baskets from Parker and Stephen Butts, a Wise jump shot and Nick McCollum layup gave Berea their largest lead of the half 38-26. An 11-4 scoring rally by Midway over the last 4:33 of the half gave the Mountaineers a 42-37 advantage as the teams headed to the locker rooms for the intermission.

Parker's fourth three-pointer opened the second half before two jumpers from the Eagles brought the visitors back within four points of the lead, 45-41. Myrks-Brewer three-point play at the 18:38 mark put Berea ahead by seven points. The visiting Eagles pulled back to within five points of the lead before a Wise three-point basket extended the Mountaineers' lead to eight, 58-50. After seeing the lead go to five again with 12:12 remaining in the game, Berea used a 7-2 scoring rally started by Wise's three-pointer to take a ten point lead, 72-62. Midway responded by scoring five straight points to again cut the lead to just five before a seven point run by the Mountaineers pushed the team ahead by 12 points, 79-67. With 4:12 remaining in the game, the Berea advantage became just four points after a 7-1 Eagles scoring run but a pair of free throws from Parker and a jump shot from Wise quickly pushed it out to eight points, 84-76. Six straight points by Midway cut the Mountaineers lead to just two points, but Hinton's tip in off a Parker missed shot gave the team a four point cushion, 86-82. A three-point jump shot from Wise with 59 seconds remaining gave Berea a seven point lead, 90-83, and the Mountaineers hit the free throws down the stretch needed to win, walking off the Roland Wierwille Court with a 96-91 victory.

Wise finished the game with a double-double by scoring 29 points and collecting 12 rebounds which included shooting 11-16 from the field. Myrks-Brewer finished an assist short of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine assists. Parker finished the game with five assists. The win gives the team a 12-2 record on the Roland Wierwille Court this season.

#9 Berea (16-8) waits to see their fate for the 2017 USCAA Division I Basketball National Championship Tournament on Monday at 4:00 PM through a video release. The selection show video can be seen here. The team's final regular season game is on the road as they travel to Grayson, KY to take on Kentucky Christian University. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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