Quite the defensive battle at Harding. Very difficult to score for both teams. Gerald Eaton put Harding up 54-53 with 25 seconds left on a pull-up jumper from just outside the lane. Then in explicitly fouled Ruben Gerke with 18 seconds left. Gerke calmly hit 2 FTs in front of the Harding student section. G Marlowe added w more FTs with 8 seconds left after a Harding turnover. Then J Walker added 2 more FTs after L Zanders missed a game-tying 3 with 4 seconds left. Kudos to the road team sinking those FTs. Hillsdale's last made basket was with 7:39 left in the game... and they still won.
Pfeiffer battled back from a 12-point 2nd half deficit to rally to win 65-61. W Heath got an old-fashioned 3 point play when he made a turn around jumper and hit the FT to give Pfeiffer their 1st lead 54-53 with 6:35 remaining. A lead they would never give up. F Beebe hit a couple of late 3's to contribute to his game high 23 points, but they just could not get over the hump.
Dominican continued their winning ways led by do everything J Morrison in defeating W Alabama 63-57. Morrison followed his 16/4R/3A performance against Hillsdale and his 18/4R/6A/4S performance against Harding with a 17/6R/5A performance in this game. Not to be outdone W Alabama's W Fowler contributed 32 of W Alabama's 57 points and hit a 3 with 23 seconds remaining to make it a one-point game 57-58. But as what Hillsdale did to Harding, Dominican closed the game out from the FT line.
W Alabama 0-3
#10 Hillsdale (5-2) -7 @ W Alabama (4-3)
#12 Harding (5-2) +1 @ #17 Pfeiffer (5-2)
#24 Dominican (4-3) +1 @ Lander (4-3)
THIRD ROUND RESULTS
Hillsdale 59, @Harding 54
HC: G Marlowe 16 (POG), C Beck 14, H Bachman 10R
HU: E Porter 21, G Eaton 11/9R
@Pfeiffer 65, Lander 61
PU: G Thomas 12 (POG), W Heath 10, D Taylor 10
LU: F Beebe 23, G Miller 13, J Roan 13
@Dominican 63, W Alabama 57
DC: J Morrison 17/6R/5A (POG), J Hoover 14, N Lord 10/10R, J Fritts 12
UWA: W Fowler 32