DIII Men’s Basketball daily roundup
Three teams advance to Second Round with wins on Thursday
Western Connecticut State 89, Salve Regina 67 -- Full Recap
DANBURY, Conn. -- Western Connecticut State, behind DaQuan Brooks' 27 points, defeated Salve Regina 89-67 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball tournament at Feldman Arena on Thursday night.
The Colonial, 22-5, advance to play at second-ranked Middlebury on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Panthers, currently 25-1, are ranked second in the latest D3Hoops.com poll. Western Connecticut State, the Little East Conference regular-season co-champions, is ranked 23rd in the same poll.
Brooks, the Little East Conference two-time Player of the Year, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the first half as WestConn raced out to a 51-37 advantage at intermission. He buried 11 of 21 shots from the floor including four of 11 from beyond the three-point arc.
Mary Hardin-Baylor 86, Texas-Dallas 77 -- Full Recap
BELTON, Texas -- Mary Hardin-Baylor built a double-digit first-half lead and then withstood several Texas-Dallas rallies as the Cru posted an 86-77 victory against the Comets in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament Thursday night in Belton.
UMHB improves to 22-7 on the season with the victory and the Cru moves into the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. The loss ends the Comets season at 21-7 overall.
The Cru now moves into the Second Round of the NCAA Division III tournament and will face another American Southwest Conference rival McMurry Saturday in Abilene at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Chapman 62, Redlands 38 -- Full Recap
ORANGE, Calif. -- Chapman used a 10-0 second half run to take command of its NCAA Division III first round tournament game against Redlands as it went on to a 62-38 victory on Thursday night at the Hutton Sports Center.
Senior C Jon Consani had 12 points and five rebounds for the Panthers. Redlands, making its first playoff appearance since 1985, was led by 10 points from senior F Matt Dietrich. Chapman outrebounded Redlands 40-17 on the night. The Panthers shot 59 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to 29 percent shooting.
For the second-consecutive year after a first round NCAA win, Chapman (25-3) now heads to Spokane, Wash. for a rematch of last year’s tournament game against top-ranked Whitworth which is 26-1.