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Midland University men's basketball downs York, 76-71, to advance to NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinal

Midland University men's basketball downs York, 76-71, to advance to NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinal

Mar 8th , 2013

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. “What a hard fought game and huge win,” said Todd Eisner, Midland University men’s basketball head coach. “We put ourselves in a position to get back in the game late in the first half. From there we stepped up offensively and ground out the win.”

James Parrott led Midland with 25 points, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and one assist. Ben Imig added a season-high 24 points in the win, with two assists and three steals. Galen Gullie recorded 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while Jerome Vaughn tallied a double- double with 11 points and the team-high 12 rebounds. After a scoreless opening two minutes, the Warriors got started with a seven point run capped off by a James Parrott bucket for a 7-3 lead over the Panthers. At 13:39 York College held a 13-9 lead but on the following possession a Ben Imig three cut the deficit down to one.

The Panthers would build a 14-point lead with just over five minutes left in the half. At 5:01 a James Parrott dunk and bonus shot kicked off a 10-2 Midland run to end the half. The Warriors would head into the locker room trailing 32-28. Midland shot 35 percent from the field compared to York’s 42 percent. The Warriors hit two of 10 from beyond the arch and was a perfect four of four from the line. “We were down early and had to fight and stay together,” said senior forward James Parrott . “We need to come out from the tipoff on Saturday, work hard and stay focused.” In the second half, back-to-back buckets from Jerome Vaughn evened up the score at 32. The Warriors would take a, 38-37, lead from a Galen Gullie three pointer with 15:43 left in the second half.

The two squads battled in the following minutes, but eight straight points capped off by a James Parrott dunk at 8:48 gave Midland a 52-46 lead. A Ben Imig two-pointer put the Warriors ahead, 63-60, with 1:32 left in regulation. With 18 seconds left in the contest York tied up the game and the following Imig shot fell just off the mark, sending the contest into overtime with a regulation final score of 64-64. "Coach got us motivated at halftime," said junior guard Ben Imig. "We focused much better on defense in the second half and boosted our energy." A James Parrott three point play kicked off overtime for the Warriors to give Midland a 67-64 lead with 4:36 left to play.

The Warriors stretched their overtime lead at 2:14 to 71-67 with a James Parrott bucket. A Jerome Vaughn offensive rebound and a pair of Galen Gullie free throws sealed the win for Midland with a final score of 76-71. The Warriors improved from the first half, shooting 48 percent in second half and overtime action. They were one of eight from three-point land and were 13 of 19 from the line. "The key to today's win was toughness," said sophomore guard Galen Gullie. "We need to rest, listen to our coaches and refocus for tomorrow. This has been a great experience and we just need to keep moving forward." On the game, Midland outshot York 42 percent to 40 percent from the field. The Warriors hit 17 percent of their three point shots and were 17 of 23 from the line for a 74 percent.

Midland University moves to 21-12 on the season. They will face the winner of the Bethel/William Penn contest in the quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 9th at 1:00 p.m.