Midwestern State handed season's first loss by Harding 74-70
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. -- Harding sophomore Andraz Kavas dropped in 18 points as the Bisons' offensive execution down the stretch resulted in Midwestern State's first loss of the season 74-70 in the Arkansas Tech Thanksgiving Classic on Friday afternoon at Tucker Coliseum.
Led by the 6-10 sophomore big man, HU utilized an outside-inside attack to connect at a 53.8 percent clip from the floor in the second half as five different players connected on treys including three from sophomore Tony Cochran, and two each by senior guard Weston Jameson and sophomore guard Jacob Gibson.
The Mustangs used strong play by senior guard Cam Adderley, who poured in 11 of his season-high 19 points in the opening half, with help off of the bench from Xavier Blackburn, Monzaigo Wiliams and DeVaughn Jones as the four combined for 27 of MSU's 34 first half points.
No. 1 Metro State 94, St. Martin's (Wash.) 77
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Metro State cruised to a 94-77 win against St. Martin's (Wash.) on Friday afternoon at the Western Washington Classic. The Roadrunners moved to 3-0 in regular season action, while SMU fell to 0-5.
Brandon Jefferson and Mitch McCarron combined for 50 points as Jefferson dropped 28 and McCarron had 22. McCarron also had a career-high eight assists and seven rebounds. He made 12-of-15 at the free throw line, the most attempts for a Roadrunner since 2010.
Jefferson made 5-of-7 3-point field goals and all five of his free throw attempts, while adding four steals.
No. 3 Bellarmine 88, Indiana-Southeast 75
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Bellarmine built a 27-point lead against Indiana-Southeast, then fought off a late charge to post an 88-75 victory in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic.
The Knights (3-0) got a huge effort from Jake Thelen, who posted a career high with 18 rebounds and tied a career high with 22 points, and Keisten Jones continued his strong play with 22 points and eight rebounds. George Suggs also contributed an outstanding performance with career highs in points with 15 and in blocked shots with six. The six blocks were the most for a Knight since Caleb Halcomb accomplished the feat three times during the 2003-04 season.
Bellarmine never trailed in the game as they limited the Grenadiers to just 30 percent shooting in the first half. Conversely, the Knights, who came in as the second-best shooting team in Division II, scorched the nets for 61.3 percent shooting in the first half as they built a 49-29 halftime lead.
No. 4 Drury 74, Northwest Missouri State 72
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fourth-ranked Drury rallied from 15 points down to nip Northwest Missouri State 74-72 in the Thanksgiving Classic before 2,133 fans at the O'Reilly Family Event Center.
But this one was a struggle from the opening tip and, in particular, from the free-throw line. Drury made just 17 of 31 free throws (55 percent), and left the door open for the Bearcats (4-3) on a couple of occasions late before the clock ran out on Northwest Missouri State, which led 69-60 with 4:09 to go and had the Panthers down by 15 (61-46) with 10:46 remaining.
Kameron Bundy scored 23 points - matching his career high set earlier this season against Southwest Baptist - and added seven rebounds to lead the Panthers in both categories. Cameron Adams added 14 points - after a 6-for-7 effort Friday, Adams is now 23 of 27 from the field this season (85 percent) - and Ian Carter had 10 points for DU, which trailed 44-33 at the half.