Round of 32 recap
Midwest -- #1 Millsaps again used a strong second half to pull away from Oglethorpe for a 72-58 win. Clyde Peguero's 24 points were huge. Now the top seed will face 12-seed John Carroll, the highest seed to advance to the Sweet 16. It was another good night of shooting for John Carroll, which canned 52.3% from the floor. The bottom half of the bracket brings #4 Webster, an 86-76 winner over Johnson & Wales last night, thanks in part to Stephen Brough's 20 points off the bench, to play against #8 Dickinson. Dickinson and Howard Payne combined for 103 points in the first half of their clash. Unfortunately for the Payne-ters, Dickinson was able to keep the pace for a full 40 minutes in what turned into a 108-83 rout. William Platt with 25 points, Samuel Ganey added 21 in the victory.
East -- #5 Emory pulled away in the second hlaf for a 69-55 win over Wentworth. The East's top seed was lights-out from the floor, hitting 56.1% for the game and a ridiculous 14-for-18 in the second half (by contrast, they were just 12-of-20 at the charity stripe, perhaps Wentworth should have fouled more?). They have a sweet 16 date with #10 Worcester as Simmy attempts to accomplish something not seen in 69 seasons -- striking a blow and winning the D3 title in Rupp for all the AI's in the world. They got one step closer with a 68-60 win over Whittier. Down low on the bracket, #13 US Merchant Marines slowed down 14-seed Hardin-Simmons for a 77-67 victory. USMM trailed by one at the break and endured a 29-point performance from HS's Michael Evans to score the win. They'll face #6 Palm Beach Atlantic. As predicted yesterday, Martin Perry once again went off for 30 points and PBA hit 11 of 18 second half shots to control the second half in a 77-70 win over W. New England and yours truly.
South -- #2 Colorado and newly crowned NCOY bdpoor lived up to the billing with a 69-58 win over Hamline. Look no further than 56.8% shooting to see where the top seed went right. Now they'll face #11 Ursinus, whose head coach barjaz will be looking for NT victory no. 100 tonight in the contest. Ursinus dropped Wooster 66-52, but they may be pulling a fast one on my by simply looping the first half footage over the final 20 minutes, since both halves broke down in identical 33-26 fashion. To the bottom of the bracket we go and #22 Austin upends Ozarks 97-81. Redonkulous stat of the night, Austin owned a 60-33 edge on the glass. The teams also combined for 59 turnovers, 67 fouls and 89 free throws. Let's get PHYSICAL! Assuming the assault charges are dropped, they'll take on #9 South Vermont, a 75-53 cruiser past Calvin as the 2-seed. In two NT games, South Vermont has just 17 total turnovers.
West -- #3 Piedmont, the top seed, holds off Occidental 62-56. The challengers were close several times down the stretch, but Piedmont made every play it had to for the 'W'. Stepping up for the challenge tonight will be #20 Louisiana, which took out giant-killer Wisconsin-La Crosse 72-65. On the bottom of the bracket, #19 Dallas survived scoring just 16 points after the half to advance 48-46 against Mount St. Mary. MSM had a shot to tie at the buzzer, but missed from the wing. Next up, the 10-seed of Wittenberg, which easily had the night's most exciting game. Check out this footage...8 seconds left, down 70-67, that's Ramapo's Ruben Smiley coming up short on a trey. Offensive rebound and kicked back to him. D'oh! Short again. Another offensive rebound -- you gotta box out people! Kick it back to the kid again at the buzzer and...THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM!!!! He put a little muscle into it and we go to overtime. But in the extra period, Wittenberg is able to get a two-possession lead late and convert every time they needed in an 84-80 victory over the 2-seed.
That's your Sweet 16. Should be an interesting night!