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    Talking Mens NCCAA B-ball game in Spokane TODAY

    Whitworth hosting 2nd rd game in NCAA D3 against Chapman...Da Bucs are the #4 team in the country and are riding a 24 game win streak....

    bigparb will be there...

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    what time??

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    Knockout in 2nd round
    Fourth-ranked Whits pound No. 12 Chapman
    Steve Bergum The Spokesman-Review

    Jim Hayford has a favorite little recruiting line he likes to use when courting potential Whitworth University basketball recruits.

    “I tell them, ‘We’re not the big time, but we are the best of the small time,’ ” the Pirates ninth-year head men’s basketball coach explained.

    And on Saturday in the Whitworth Fieldhouse, Hayford’s fourth-ranked Bucs (26-2) did nothing to discredit their coach’s sales pitch, dismantling 12th-ranked Chapman University 77-56 to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament where they will face Eastern Mennonite (23-4) on Friday at a time and site that will be announced this morning.

    A standing-room-only crowd that was officially announced at a seemingly low 1,760 – probably to keep the Fire Marshall from asking any questions – saw the Pirates put together a workman-like effort to bump their school-record winning streak to 25 straight and sideline the independent Panthers (24-3), who came in riding a 14-game streak of their own.

    Senior center Nate Montgomery scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds for Whitworth, which also got 22 points, four assists and three steals from senior point guard Eric Beal.

    “Those two seniors stepped up on the big stage and really played well,” Hayford said. “Nate showed again why he’s one of the best post players in the country, and Eric really ran the show for us.

    “We had a great game plan coming in, and while coaches make the game plan, it’s the players who have to get it done. And ours did tonight.”

    Whitworth made a strong early statement against the nation’s top rebounding team, chasing down two offensive boards on their first possession, which ended with a David Riley putback. And the Pirates then went on to score on six of their next nine trips down the floor – against a Panthers team ranked third in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, nonetheless – and grabbed a quick 15-5 lead.

    The Bucs built their advantage to 21-5 behind a swarming man-to-man defense that held Chapman scoreless for more than 61/2 minutes, but ran into a scoring drought of their own that lasted almost 31/2 minutes and let the Panthers close to within 32-26 at intermission.

    But that was as close as they would get, despite Whitworth’s struggles from the 3-point line, where they have feasted most of the season.

    Against Chapman, the Pirates made only two of their first 16 attempts from beyond the arc and finished an uncharacteristic 5 for 20.

    “We were a little cold in that first half – I know I bricked a couple of 3s,” said Montgomery, who made the other seven shots he took from the field, along with 9 of 11 free-throw attempts. “But we still had a pretty good inside-out game and that got us some even better (long-range) looks in the second half.”

    Hayford said he thought his players might have been “a little to amped up” in the early going.

    “And I think that added adrenaline affected our shooting,” he said. “We’re as good a shooting team as any in the country, and we didn’t shoot the ball well tonight. But we shot it better than them.”

    Chapman shot just 37.5 percent for the game and got only four points from its second-leading scorer Griffin Ramme, who was averaging almost 14 per game.

    Conventional wisdom would suggest the Pirates will be sent east – maybe as far as North Carolina – for the four-team sectional that will determine one of the Final Four participants.

    “It’s going to be a fun adventure, no matter where they send us,” Montgomery said. “And we’ve got great coaches and great teammates to do it with. I can’t wait.”

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    Whitworth will play Eastern Mennonite next Friday, with the location to be determined today.




    EMU headed for NCAA
    Division III Sweet 16


    By Chris Lassiter • Sports Writer • March 7, 2010

    HARRISONBURG — How sweet it is.

    Eastern Mennonite University’s men’s basketball
    team isn’t done rewriting the history books. The
    Runnin’ Royals latest accomplishment: the
    university’s first-ever Division III NCAA Sweet 16
    appearance.

    Playing at home before an electric crowd, the
    Runnin’ Royals pulled away from the Wilmington,
    Ohio, Quakers for an 85-71 victory Saturday night
    at Yoder Arena in the second round of the NCAA
    Tournament.

    EMU junior forward Todd Phillips now understands
    why it’s called the Sweet 16.

    “There’s only 16 teams left in the nation,” the
    junior. “That’s what makes it sweet.”

    For the second night in a row, Phillips was huge in
    the second half. After scoring four points in the first
    half, he finished with a team-high 20. D.J. Hinson h
    ad 16 huge points, and point guard George
    Johnson played a heady floor game with 10 points
    and five assists.

    Eli Crawford had another monster game with 17
    points and eight rebounds.

    “We’ve matured so much, so quick,” Crawford said.
    “We all just have a special bond. We all get a long,
    and I just think that every day we spend with each
    other and every game that we get, we get better and
    better.”

    Unlike EMU’s first-round opponent Centre,
    Wilmington seemed content to run with EMU and try
    to match the Runnin’ Royals point for point.

    “Man, I was thrilled,” EMU coach Kirby Dean said
    about the pace of the game. “We felt like we were
    going to be in business if they pressed and trapped
    us. Our motto is attack.”

    EMU appeared ready to run away with the game in
    the first half.

    A 3-pointer by Crawford followed by a layup by
    Phillips gave the Runnin’ Royals a 28-14 lead
    midway through the first half.

    Wilmington center Brandon Rogers almost single-
    handedly kept the Quakers in the game. Rogers had
    17 first-half points, including a stretch where the
    senior made 13 of his team’s last 15 points.

    “I felt like our team was down, and we needed a little
    energy,” Rogers said. “I got it, and I just started
    attacking. I did it time after time. I just kept going to
    it.”


    The Runnin’ Royals led 38-29 at the half.

    The Quakers would pull within four on several
    occasions, the last time on Tyler White’s layup that
    cut EMU’s lead to 59-55.

    At that point, EMU finally delivered the knockout
    blow.

    Martin Harrison came off the bench to hit a huge 3-
    pointer, which sparked the run. Hinson sandwiched
    a layup in between Johnson’s pair of free throws
    and an assist. After consecutive layups by Hinson,
    EMU’s lead had ballooned to 78-61.

    Hinson dribbled out the final 20 seconds of the
    clock, as the capacity crowd grew louder and
    Advertisement louder.

    The team now waits to find out its Sweet 16
    destination. There’s a scenario where EMU could
    also host the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 games next
    weekend as well.

    Dean would love to be at home, but he also thinks
    his team can compete well on the road. The Runnin’
    Royals had some huge road wins in the ODAC.
    Ultimately, Dean said the team would love to get to
    Salem and avenge its conference tournament loss.

    “These guys think they can win it,” he said. “Heck,
    we might be able to win it. We might get beat in the
    Sweet 16, but you know what, the sun is still going
    to come out tomorrow.”

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    The pod that Whitworth is in will play Friday and Saturday at the Ragan-Brown Fieldhouse in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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    So, the Ragan-Brown Field House is on the campus of Guilford College, which Whitworth would likely play on Saturday, if they beat Eastern Mennonite. EM is located 211 miles from Greenboro, and the fourth team, Wooster, is 446 miles away in Ohio.

    Whitworth gets to travel 2,548 miles to potentially play a 28-2 team on their home floor. But, so it goes in the budget-conscious DIII.

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