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NAIA DIVISION II NATIONAL TOURNAMENT ELITE EIGHT
#3 Cornerstone University 87 McPherson College (Kan.) 52
Point Lookout, Mo.
Cornerstone - Bryan Pasciak (14 points)
McPherson - Samson Shivers (14 points)
Cornerstone - Derek Kingshott (9 rebounds)
McPherson - Aaron Frazier (6 rebounds)
Cornerstone - Dominic Allen (4 assists)
McPherson - Aaron Frazier (2 assists)
KEY TEAM STATS
The Golden Eagles hit the glass again as the out rebounded McPherson College 55-29. Cornerstone shot 60% (21-35) from the field in the 2nd half to pull away from McPherson. Five Golden Eagles (Bryan Pasciak -14, Kelvin DeVries - 13, Justin Yoder - 13, Derek Kingshott - 13, and Caleb Simons - 11) scored in double figures in the game. Ronald Bates scored 5 points to give him 1001 points in his career.
The Golden Eagles traded leads early in the game with the Bulldogs today but McPherson wouldn't have the lead for long. Derek Kingshott made a free throw with 14:27 to tie the score at 11-11 and then made the second to put the Golden Eagles up for good in the game today. Cornerstone went on to make a 17-8 run over the next 10 minutes of play to extend the lead to 29-19. The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 9-4 to finish out the half and took a 38-23 lead into the locker room. Cornerstone came out hot in the 2nd half and made a 24-9 run in the first 8 ½ minutes of play to give Cornerstone a 30 point (62-32) lead. The Golden Eagles maintained at least a 30 point lead for the remainder of the game and push it to as high at 42 points (77-35) with 5:54 on the clock. The Golden Eagles reserves played for most of the last five minutes and Cornerstone finished with an 87-52 win over McPherson.
The Golden Eagles advances to the NAIA Final Four on Monday night at 9:00 p.m. EST. Cornerstone will play #2 Northwood, Fla. (83-59 winner over #7 Oklahoma Wesleyan. Unseeded host College of the Ozarks continued with their upsets in defeating #9 Indiana Wesleyan 68-64 and will face #13 and defending National Champ University of Saint Francis, Ind. (61-57 winner over Davenport) in the first Semifinal game which will be played at 7:00 p.m.