Flames upset, Lady Flames advance in NAIA Sweet 16
(14) Montana Western 83, (3) Lee University (men) 73
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Montana Western used a huge second half rally to stun third-seeded Lee University 83-73 Friday afternoon in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA Men's National Basketball Championship, ending the Flames last shot at an elusive NAIA title.
Lee finishes its final NAIA season at 30-4. The Flames will move to NCAA's Division II next year.
Lee was on the verge of pulling away, opening up an eight-point lead late in the first half. But the Bulldogs rallied to pull within 34-31 at the half, then outscored the Flames 52-39 while shooting 59-percent in the second half to pull off the upset.
"You've got to give Montana Western a ton of credit," said Lee head coach Tommy Brown. "They executed well and they are a tough team and can really shoot it. We couldn't get any key stops. They beat us to some rebounds and we didn't rotate well late in the game."
Chase Dunn scored 17 points and Duran Blue added 15 to lead the Flames. Each scored 11 in the first half, but combined for just ten in the second.
Will Barnes and Jamorris Gaines chipped in 14 points apiece.
"I thought we were in control in the first half, then we made a couple of mistakes and they really out played us in the second half," noted the coach. "They started to drive the ball in the second half and that has been our Achilles heel all year in guarding off the dribble."
The Bulldogs' well-balanced attack placed four players in double-figures. Jordan Overstreet had 13 of his 14 points in the second-half rally, while Kris Castro also tallied 14 and grabbed seven rebounds. Kris Collins and Maazin Butler also gave the Flames problems with 13 markers apiece.
Lee University (women) 63, Carroll (Montana) 49
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Lee University used a late second half run to advance past Carroll College (Mont.), 63-49, in Friday morning's second round game of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship.
Lee trailed 39-36 with 11 minutes to play, but used a 27-10 run to turn the tide and advance to the national quarterfinals for the third time in school history. The Lady Flames will face top-seeded Oklahoma City in Saturday's Elite Eight at 2 p.m. ET.
"We talked at half time and thought we played really hard in the first half and withstood a little run by them and just knew we hadn't had our run yet. " said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. "We made a run in the second half and they came back at us but we were able to get that last push with about eight minutes to go."
All-American Hollie German finished with 21 points in the contest on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. The junior from Polk County High also hit 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.
Jenna Adams added 12 points and five rebounds for the Lady Flames. The McMinn Central grad was a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line, hitting four freebies in the final minute to seal the victory.
"We had the ball in the right people's hands at the end. Jenna (Adams) and Hollie (German) getting fouled, those our are two best free throw shooters." said Rowe, whose team improves to 32-2 overall with its 15th straight win.