KANSAS CITY, Mo. – [Schedule | Bracket] The NAIA round of 16 ended on Friday night, when four more teams advanced to the national quarterfinals, as a seed, No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan, a pair with two seeds, No. 2 Thomas More (Ky.), No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) And the highest remaining seed, No. 5 Concordia (Neb.) All advanced to the national quarterfinals on Saturday.
Results from the first round – day two | March 18, 2022
No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan def. No. 5 LSU Shreveport (La.), 85-71 | Box Points
Nr. 2 Thomas More (Ky.) Vs. Nr. 6 SAGU (Texas), 74-44 | Box Points
Nr. 2 Talladega (Ala.) Vs. Nr. 6 Jamestown (ND), 67-56 | Box Points
Nr. 5 Concordia (Neb.) Vs. Nr. 8 IU Kokomo (Ind.), 75-65 | Box Points
Quarterfinals Matchups | March 19, 2022
Nr. Arizona Arizona Vs. Nr. 3 William Jessup (California)
No. 1 Loyola (La.) Vs. No. 3 College of Idaho
Nr. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. Nr. 2 Thomas More (Ky.)
No. 2 Talladega (Ala.) Vs. No. 5 Concordia (Neb.)
News and notes
Match 5 – Oklahoma Wesleyan vs. LSU Shreveport (La.)
Oklahoma Wesleyan – No. 1 (Liston)
– The Eagles improved to 34-2 overall during the season.
– The last 16-point margin matches the second largest victory margin in the round of 16. Arizona Christian beat Bethel (Kan.) 82-66.
– Second quadrant No. 1 seed to advance to the quarterfinals.
– OKWU had an advantage of 44-30 in returns over LSU-S. Eagles came to game ranked third in the NAIA in return margin (10.7)
– Keeped LSU-S below its points average with almost 13 points. Entered the quarterfinals in fourth place in the NAIA in points defense (61.7).
– Extends its winning series to 12.
– The fifth time this season, they have reached 20 or more second chance points. Finished the match with an advantage of 24-8 – third most second chance points this season.
– Jaden Lietzke led all players on the floor with 21 points on 8-of-10 shots from the floor.
LSU Shreveport (La.) – No. 5 (Liston)
– The pilots during their season with 27-7 in total.
– Ninth in the NAIA in points per match (83.7) which enters the round of 16. Held below that average for just the ninth time in 34 games, everyone loses.
– Limited to 7-of-8 from the free throw line (matches their smallest free throw in a match this season). Entered the quarterfinals as NAIA leader in free throws per game (17.6); 75 percent per match
– Leondre Washington entered the quarterfinals with an average of 16.6 ppg. He finished the match with 20 points, marking his ninth match this season with 20 or more points.
– Loss in the round of 16 gives a winning series of 10 matches.
Match 2 – Thomas More (Ky.) Vs. SAGU (Texas)
Thomas More (Ky.) – No. 2 (Liston)
– Saints improved to 30-4 overall during the season and 6-3 through the times at the event.
– Five in NAIA as a percentage of field goal (50.3); finished the match at 43.3 percent.
– Topped SAGU by 22-10 in the last 10 minutes of the first half to turn a lead of 3 points into a lead of 15 points, 44-29, in the half.
– Started the second half of an 11-0 race to pull away from SAGU.
– Luke Rudy set a new season high with 25 points. Hit 7, three-point field goals for the third time this season.
– The biggest margin of victory so far in the quarterfinals, passed the previous highest of 18 – Loyola (La.) 85-76 over Falkner (Ala.).
– First number 2 to advance to the quarterfinals of three in total in the round of 16 (Talladega only number 2 remains to play).
SAGU (Texas) – No. 6 (Liston)
– The Lions end their season with the record 24-9.
– The winning streak of five matches was interrupted with a loss.
– Falls to 10-9 through the times of the tournament in his 11th appearance.
– One of two No. 6 seeds to advance to the quarterfinals – one of seven No. 5 seeds or lower to advance.
– Keeps pointless for the first 3:35 of the second half.
Least points scored this season – 44.
– Nathan Bailey with 20 points, the fourth time this season he has scored 20 or more points. On average 6.6 ppg this season. He beat four of the three, 3-pointers that SAGU made in the loss.
Match 3 – Talladega (Ala.) Vs. Jamestown (ND)
Talladega (Ala.) – No. 2 (Duer)
– Tornadoes improve to 30-5 during the season.
– On the way to the round of 16, Talladega was ranked eighth in the NAIA in three-point field goals per match (10); ranked 10th in a 3-point percentage (38.2). Finished the match with four three-point goals of 30.8 percent.
– Leads the NAIA in points defense (58.1); third in field goal defense (38.2) and ninth in 3-point defense (28.9). Holds Jamestown to 56, with 36.7 percent shooting in total and 19 percent from three-point distance.
– Held Jamestown to 25 points in the first half, which marks the 14th time in 34 games they have kept an opponent to 25 or fewer points in the half.
Second of three No. 2 seedings in the quarterfinals to advance to the quarterfinals.
– Improves to 5-3 overall in the NAIA National Tournament.
Jamestown (ND) – No. 6 (Duer)
– The Jimmies end their season at 26-10.
– On the way to the quarterfinals, Jamestown was ranked eighth in the NAIA with a 3-point percentage (38.5); limited to 4-of-21 (19.0) – second lowest overall this season after 3-of-12 in a loss to Concordia (Neb.) on January 15.
– Ranked fourth in NAIA in return margin (10.7); finished the game with a 41-38 advantage on boards.
– Lowest score at halftime this season, passed the previous mark of 26 that came on November 27 in a 66-59 win over Valley City State.
– Finished the match and set a new season’s lowest score of 56 and passed his previous low of 59 in a 64-59 loss against Mount Marty on January 26.
– The loss drops Jamestown during the 0.500 all-in NAIA National Tournament game at 11-12.
Match 4 – Concordia (Neb.) Vs. IU Kokomo (Ind.)
Concordia (Neb.) – No. 5 (Duer)
– The Bulldogs improve to 28-6 during the season.
– CUNE goes to 6-1 on a neutral floor this season with its eighth straight win.
– The Bulldogs never went after the whole match; and played to a 16-16 draw in the first half, but never after.
– They were kept below their season average of 8.6 three-point goals and made a match against the number 2-ranked three-point defense – and finished with seven.
– Noah Schutte scored a pile of 24 points, which led to three players in double digits. Fourth straight match with 20 or more points.
– Gage Smith hit 7 of 7 free throws when the Bulldogs finished the game at 84.6 percent (22 of 26).
– Concordia improves to 14-10 in the NAIA tournament game.
– The No. 5 seeded bulldogs are the lowest seeded team left.
IU Kokomo (Ind.)
– The Cougars end their season with the record 31-4.
Tonight’s loss against Concordia (Neb.) Snapped up a winning streak of 19 matches.
– IU Kokomo entered the quarterfinals ranked number 2 in the NAIA in 3-point defense (26.7). And kept the Bulldogs below their season average of 3-pointers, which allowed 31.8 percent.
– Finished with three double-digit players, led by Tayson Parker with 16. Trequan Spivey scored 14, while Desean Hampton added 13. The trio went 15 of 30 from the floor and accounted for 62.5 percent of IU-Kokomo’s total field goals.
– The fall to 4-2 through the ages in the NAIA National Tournament.