March 14, 2009

Courtesy of Christian Brothers Athletics

LAKELAND, Fla. — The No. 15 Christian Brothers University Bucs used an 18-7 run over the middle of the second half as they pulled away on their way to a 63-54 win over Delta State in the NCAA Division II South Regional quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

The Bucs (23-6) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes with seven points from Nick Kohs (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota East HS) and a Kyle Couvion (Dayton, Ohio/Centerville HS) three-pointer, but the Statesmen (21-9) answered with a 12-1 run to take the lead on two Chad Akins free throws with 12:10 remaining in the first half.  After four ties and four lead changes, the Bucs took the lead for good as they closed the first half on an 11-2 run, going into the locker room with a 27-20 lead after a Reggie Peyton (Memphis, Tenn./St. Benedict HS) jumper with 40 seconds remaining in the half.

After the Statesmen closed to within three points on a David Clark basket with 17:28 remaining, the Bucs went on a 9-1 run, taking a 39-28 lead on a Kohs layup with 13:28 remaining.  After DSU scored the next four points, the Bucs went on another 9-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 48-34, on a Scott Dennis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore HS) free throw with 6:02 remaining.

The Statesmen never came closer than six points again.

Kohs led the Bucs with a game-high 22 points and three blocks, while Peyton scored 18 with a game-high four steals.

Couvion finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Dennis scored five points, all at the free throw line, with eight rebounds and three assists.

Arian Maliqi led the Statesmen with 15 points, while Oliver Mansour scored 13.

The Bucs' defense held the Statesmen to just 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the floor, including 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from three-point range.  The Bucs shot 41.2 percent (21-of-51) from the floor, but just 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from three-point range.  The Bucs finished 68 percent (17-of-25) at the free throw line to the Statesmen's 71.4 percent (10-of-14).

DSU out-rebounded the Bucs 44-31, but the Bucs forced 13 turnovers while committing just six.

The Bucs play again Sunday at 4 p.m. Central against the winner of this afternoon's game between Claflin (S.C.) and Valdosta State (Ga.).