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Men's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 16, 2017

Tonight the Harris-Stowe Hornets Men's Basketball team will make history as they will play their first ever NAIA National Tournament game.  At 5:45 the #8 seed Hornets (19-12) will tipoff against the #1 seed Dalton State Roadrunners (27-4).  The Hornets played their way into this position by coming in as one of the hottest teams in the nation that started on January 21st as the Hornets picked up a victory in overtime against the Williams Baptist Eagles 89-79.  That win started the Hornets streak of 14 victories in the last 15 games.  Harris-Stowe entered the American Midwest Conference as the #6 seed.  After three straight road victories the Hornets knocked off Central Baptist, Park University and William Woods University to win the AMC Postseason Championship for the first time in program history.  It was the 8th time in school history that they were crowned champions in 78 seasons and the first since 1982-1983 season when the Hornets won the St. Louis Area Collegiate Athletic Association title.  The Roadrunners come in as the #1 seed in the Liston Bracket.  Dalton State won the 2015 NAIA National Championship and were winners this season of the Southern States Conference.    

 

Key Hornets:

Jalen Fletcher / Senior / Forward

Fletcher leads the Hornets with 14.2 points per game.  He scored 16 points in the AMC Championship game and is shooting 51% from the floor this season.

 

Malik Wineglass / Senior / Forward

Wineglass has stepped up big for the Hornets in the postseason as he is averaging 14.3 points and 8 rebounds per game.  For the season he has averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.9 rpg.  He is also the leader in blocks for the Hornets with 34.

 

Trevor Roberts / Senior / Guard

Roberts is a four year member of the Hornets program and has amassed 1339 career points.  He has the third most documented points in Hornets history and is the teams leading three point shooter with 52 made this season in only 22 games played.   

 

Game Notes:

  • Tipoff is approximately at 5:45 following the Texas Wesleyan and Cumberlands (Ky.) game.
  • Hornets defense ranks 6th in the nation with opponents only shooting 40% from the floor
  • A victory would give the Hornets their first recorded 20 win season in 78 seasons 
 
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