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Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 8, 2017

Tonight the Harris-Stowe Men's Basketball had the biggest victory in the 78 season of Hornets Basketball.  The Hornets beat William Woods University for the 2017 American Midwest Conference Tournament Chapmionship 80-56.  Harris-Stowe captured their 8th conference championship and first since 1983.  The victory also punched the Hornets a ticket to the big dance.  Harris-Stowe will make their first NAIA National Tournament in Men's Basketball history.  The Hornets improve to 19-12 after winning three straight games on the road as the #6 seed.

First year Head Coach Brian Dunlap on his team's magical ride, "We are so excited to be crowned tournament champions of the American Midwest Conference.  This team has been through adversity throughout the season but we were able to stick together and stay the course.  We would also like to thank our President, our administration, faculty, and students who have been there to support us along the way.  This is a tremendous accomplishment for our university and community.  It's a great day to be a Hornet!"

The first half was a defensive battle for both teams.  The Owls were able to jump out to a six point lead less than 5 minutes into the half.  Jalen Fletcher  was able to hit a shot in the paint to knock down the score to 4 points on the Hornets next trip down the floor.  After exchanging baskets the next two times down the floor with shots made by Malik Wineglass and Dwane Miner, the Hornets were finally able to cut the lead down to two with two free throws made by Cameron Biedscheid.  Julian Clarkson gave the Hornets their first lead of the game halfway through the fist half.  The Hornets were able to extend the lead to three after Jalen Fletcher hit a shot in the paint.  The Owls regained the lead with 1:57 left when Craig Davila Jr.  tied up the game 28-28 with 8 seconds remaining before the teams went to the locker room.

In the second half the Hornets began the half with smothering defense and lights out shooting.  The Hornets would shoot 16/25 (64%) from the field in the second half.  Harris-Stowe would outscore the Owls 52-28 in the second half to claim the Hornets first American Midwest Conference Championship.  Davila and Fletcher would be the leading scorers with 16 points.  Wineglass would finish with 12 points and end the AMC Tournament with averaging 14.3 points per game.  Four year Hornet Trevor Roberts would got 3-6 from behind the three point line and finish with 11 points.

 

Game Notes:

  • Qualifiers and bracket announced March 8 at 8 p.m. CST with live selection show on NAIA.org
  • Hornets are now winners of 14 of their previous 15
  • This is the first Harris-Stowe Team to make a National Tournament since the 2007-2008 Women's Basketball Team.  
 
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