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Midland Makes Run at 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships

Midland Makes Run at 22nd Annual NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships

Mar 11th , 2013

In 2013, Midland University made the trip to the national stage for the first time since 2000 and just the third time in the program’s history. The Warriors earned the bid after mounting a 19-win season with 12 GPAC wins and three victories over nationally ranked opponents. At the NAIA DII National Tournament, Midland upset No.8 Eastern Oregon University and No.22 York before losing in the quarterfinal game to No.1 William Penn on a buzzer-beating shot . Below is a recap of the experience:

Day 1 -Midland Upsets No. 8 Eastern Oregon to Advance to NAIA Second Round

Point Lookout, Mo -Midland University knocked off No.8 Eastern Oregon to secure the program's first-ever spot in an NAIA National Tournament Second Round game. The Warriors downed Eastern Oregon , 77-53, handling an Eastern Oregon team that was one of just four squads to be ranked No. 1 during the course of the 2012-13 season. The victory also marks Midland's 20th win of the season – another record for the Warrior basketball program. 

Day 2 - Midland downs York, 76-71, in OT to advance to NAIA DII Quarterfinal

Point Lookout, Mo - No. 25 Midland University will advance to its first ever NAIA DII Men’s Basketball Elite 8 after defeating No. 22 York College, 76-71, in overtime on Friday. The institutional-record 21st win launches the Warriors into the quarterfinals, where they sit as one of just eight remaining national seeds.

Day 3 - Midland Loses Heartbreaker to No.1 WPU in NAIA Quarterfinal

Point Lookout, Mo. - Midland University ended its season one bucket short of the NAIA National Tournament Final Four on Saturday. The Warriors came up just shy of upsetting the nation's top-ranked team in the NAIA Quarterfinal Game, as No.1 William Penn University hit a buzzer-beating shot to hand Midland a heartbreaking, 67-66 loss. The one-point loss caps an institutional record 21-win season for the Warriors, highlighted by the program's first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament's Elite Eight.