Good Morning NAIA Hoops Nation!! The North Star, and Sun Conferences got us jump started last night with some opening round conference tournament action.
First though, there were two NAIA DI games last night that. Both had some value to them. In the first game, #23 Texas Wesleyan defeated #13 SAGU 92-87. Nykolas Mason put up 33 points for SAGU, but they were unable to stop Texas Wesleyan big men, as Sebastian Karwoski had a 18 point, 18 rebound double-double, and Akeem White came off the bench to add in 23 points and 7 rebounds to help Texas Wesleyan come away with the win.
The win puts Texas Wesleyan into a tie with SAGU record wise, but last nights win gave Texas Wesleyan the season sweep over SAGU, and now take over the 3 seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference with 1 game to go. SAGU will try to rebound at home on Saturday when they face a very good #9 John Brown team.
The other NAIA DI game only featured 1 NAIA team, in Pikeville, but it was Kelly Wells last home game as head coach of the Bears. They went on to defeat NCAA DII Bluefiled State 98-73. They will need to win the Mid-South Tournament in order to get to the NAIA National Tournament, but no matter what happens between now and the end of the season, Kelly Wells is an All-Time Great, and we hope he gets an extended season in his final season!
Here are the scores from the 1st round of the North Star Athletic Association Tournament
#1 Bellevue survived a bit of a scare from the #8 Seed Presentation. While #2 seed Mayville State had no problem with Dakota State. The only lower seed to win, was our NSAA Dark Horse team – #5 Waldorf, who went on the road and defeated #4 Dickinson State.
A highlight from last nights NSAA Tournament had Bellevue’s Isaiah Bates showing off his leaping ability with this massive throw down!
The Sun Conference was the only other DII league in action last night. Here are the 1st round scores: