IUS men advance to second round of NAIA tournament PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 March 2018 08:16

The No. 4-seeded IU Southeast men's basketball team opened the 2018 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship presented by Cypress Risk Management with a dominant first half and defeated No. 5 seed Stillman College (Ala.) 84-66 on Thursday.


The Grenadiers (24-8) used a 20-0 run to blow the game open late in the first half. IU Southeast used their superior speed to get easy baskets in transition. The Grenadiers outscored the Tigers 11-2 in fast-break points in the first half and outrebounded the No. 2 rebounding team in NAIA Division II 56-42 in the contest.

The Grenadiers led 45-24 at halftime. Joe Jackson had 12 of his game-high 20 points in the first 20 minutes. IU Southeast hit seven three-pointers in the first half and shot 49 percent from the field while holding the Tigers to just 26 percent shooting.

IU Southeast opened the second half on a 13-0 run. They began with a three-pointer by Jamie Johnson, steal and layup by Jackson who was flagrant fouled by Mante Martin and he hit the free throw and IU Southeast kept possession. Jamie Johnson hit another three to extend the lead to 54-24.

Stillman (27-5), in their tournament debut, found their shooting stroke in the second half and tried to make a game of it, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Montego Hoskins and Tamarco McDuffie each had 17 points for the Tigers.

Joe Jackson led the Grenadiers with 20 points, Jamie Johnson had 16 points and Nick Tinsley had 13 points and seven rebounds before leaving with an injury.

IU Southeast will face the winner of No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 8 University of Antelope Valley Friday at 5 p.m. ET in the second round of the tournament.

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