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NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship Day Three Recap

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In a stark contrast to the first two days of play, high seeds ruled on Saturday and all advanced in the quarterfinal round of the 2021 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship. No. 11 Loyola (La.) nearly pulled the upset with a game-tying three-pointer with 12 seconds left to send the game to overtime, while Saint Francis (Ind.), SAGU (Texas) and Shawnee State (Ohio) advanced to Monday’s action.

Quarterfinal Results | March 20, 2021

No. 5 Shawnee State (Ohio) def. No. 13 Jamestown (N.D.), 76-65

No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) def. No. 16 Bethel (Ind.), 89-81

No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) def. No. 11 Loyola (La.), 75-70

No. 7 SAGU (Texas) def. No. 15 Carroll (Mont.), 73-65

News and Notes

Game 1 – No. 5 Shawnee State (Ohio) def. No. 13 Jamestown (N.D.), 76-65

Shawnee State – No. 5 (Cramer)

Extends current win streak to 25 straight en route to program’s first-ever appearance in the semifinal round

Held a slim one-point advantage at the intermission after trailing by double digits and scoring just four points after the first five minutes of play

Led in scoring by James Jones’ 31 point performance (13-for-23 from the field / 4-for-5 from the free throw line)

EJ Onu led all performers on the glass after snagging 12 rebounds and added an additional nine blocks to his resume (19 total at the final site)

Proved to be solid team in the paint after notching 42 points in the lane and outrebounding the Jimmies at a 41-34 margin

The Bears efficient bench outscored Jamestown 27-19

Finished shooting 42 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the free throw line, but struggled from long distance with a 19 percent efficiency

Jamestown – No. 13 (Cramer)

Second quarterfinal appearance in program history (first appearance was in 2002-03 season)

Mason Walters led the Jimmies offensively with 20 points on a 10-for-19 clip

Brock Schrom and Marc Kjos also finished in double figures with 11 points and 10 points, respectively

Brady Birch, Schrom, and Walters were tops for Jamestown on the boards with six rebounds each

Finished shooting 41 percent from the field, 83 percent from the charity stripe, and was also cold from distance at 22 percent

Game 2 – No. 9 Saint Francis (Ind.) def. No. 16 Bethel (Ind.), 89-81

Saint Francis – No. 9 (Naismith)

Trailed by five points at halftime – Led by Jalan Mull’s 22 point, 12 rebound double-double after a 10-for-17 showing from the field – Antwaan Cushingberry poured in 21 points and was tops for the Cougars with six assists- Brayton Bailey (14 points), Dan McKeeman (13 points), and David Ejah (10 points) rounded out the top scorers for Saint Francis- Outscored the Pilots in the paint at a 44-32 margin- Finished shooting 49 percent from the floor, 33 percent from three-point land, and 80 percent from the charity stripe

Bethel – No. 16 (Naismith)

Deepest tournament run for Bethel since 2017 and 9th overall trip to the quarterfinals

Nathan Aerts led the squad with 19 points while nabbing six rebounds

TreVion Crews (15 points), Jake Johnson (12 points), Jared DeHart (11 points), and Wesley Burse (10 points) also finishing in double figures

Burse led Bethel on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds

Converted 10 forced turnovers for 16 points

Finished shooting 45 percent from the field, 30 percent from beyond the arc, and 72 percent from the free throw line

Game 3 – No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) def. No. 11 Loyola (La.), 75-70

Lewis-Clark State – No. 3 (Duer)

First overtime contest of the final site this year

Five athletes finished in double figures, led by Trystan Bradley’s 18 points

Hodges Bradley posted a 12 point, 10 rebound double-double

Damek Mitchell (13 points), Khalil Stevenson (11 points), and Nathan Fromm (10 points) rounded out the top L-C State scorers

A productive Warriors bench outscored the Loyola reserves at a 19-9 clip

Finished shooting 40 percent from the field, 27 percent from long distance, and 79 percent from the free throw line

Loyola – No. 11 (Duer)

First quarterfinal appearance for the Wolfpack since 1946

Zach Wrightsil led all scorers en route to a 27 point, 10 rebound double-double performance

Myles Burns also recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds

Won the rebounding battle by a slim 43-40 margin and outscore the Warriors 48-30 in the paint

Forced 18 turnovers while only committing nine

Finished shooting 36 percent from the floor, 18 percent from the three-point line, and 61 percent from the charity stripe

Game 4 – No. 7 SAGU (Texas) def. No. 15 Carroll (Mont.), 73-65

SAGU – No. 7 (Liston)

Program’s second quarterfinal appearance (first in 2013)

Propelled to victory by Joel Polius’ double-double performance (27 points, 10 rebounds)

Isaiah Boling (14 points), Joshua Kashila (13 points/7 assists), and Nathan Bailey (11 points) rounded out the top performers

SAGU converted 13 Carroll turnovers for 15 points

Finished shooting 54 percent from the field, 38 percent from distance, and 70 percent from the free throw line

Carroll – No 15 (Liston)

Program’s sixth overall quarterfinal appearance

Led in scoring by a trio of double digit performers: Jovan Sljvancanin (16 points), Shamrock Campbell (16 points), and Brendan Temple (12 points)

Sljivancanin also led the Fighting Saints with nine rebounds and four assists

Carroll’s reserves were more productive on the night, outscoring SAGU’s bench at a 12-4 spread

Finished shooting 46 percent from the floor, 24 percent from the three-point line, and 67 percent from the charity stripe