Christian Brothers slips by Eckerd
Warner's career-high 33 points powers Bucs into third round
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Zack Warner scored a career-high 33 points to carry No. 8 Christian Brothers to a 60-57 victory against Eckerd in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday night as the Bucs tied the school record for wins in a season.
The game was back-and-forth throughout, as the game featured seven ties, nine lead changes, and no lead of more than five points for either team. The Tritons (21-9) took a 44-39 lead on a Josh Snodgrass layup with 12:15 remaining, but Warner answered with seven consecutive points to give the Bucs (25-6) their first lead since 21-19 midway through the first half.
A pair of Alex Bodney free throws put the Tritons ahead 53-51 with 4:55 remaining, but Warner found Cory McArthy for a 3-pointer 23 seconds later to put the Bucs ahead for good. Warner followed with a layup, and Scott Dennis found Harry Green for a layup with 2:01 remaining to give the Bucs a 60-55 lead.
Lance Kearse scored a layup with 43.5 seconds remaining to pull the Tritons within three points. The Tritons elected to play for a stop and not foul, and Dennis' three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining missed.
After the Bucs fouled with three seconds remaining to break up the play, Eckerd inbounded the ball to Kearse, whose attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer from the right wing missed as time expired.
Warner scored his 33 points on 14-of-23 shooting overall, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. He scored 16 in the first half and 17 after the intermission, adding seven rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes of action. McArthy scored 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range, including 3-of-3 in the second half. Dennis added six points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocks for the Bucs.
Kearse led the Tritons with 23 points, while Walade Wade and Darrien Mack added eight each.
The Bucs shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) for the game to the Tritons' 43.1 percent (22-of-51). The Bucs out-shot Eckerd in the second half 56.5 percent (13-of-23) to 34.6 percent (9-of-26). Eckerd out-rebounded the Bucs 30-28, but CBU forced eight turnovers while committing seven.
With their 25th victory, the Bucs match the school record set by the 1984-85 team (25-10) and the 2008-09 team (25-7).