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DII Roundup:
Western Wash. falls to Cal St. San Bernardino

LAS VEGAS -- Senior Andrew Young paced unranked Cal State San Bernardino with 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting and junior reserve Taylor Statham scored a career-high 19 points as CSUSB stunned No. 5 and two-time defending NCAA West Region champion Western Washington 99-91 in tourney play at the South Point Holiday Classic.

The victory was CSUSB's sixth consecutive and improved its record to 6-1 overall. It also marked the first time in seven seasons the Coyotes defeated a top-five foe since the 2007 West Region title victory against fourth-ranked Humboldt State in Arcata.

The difference maker was the second half in which the Coyotes hit 61.5 percent from the floor and were even more impressive at the line, hitting 20 of 23 shots, an 87-percent clip.

Young scored 14 first-half points to lead nine Coyotes in the scoring column in the opening 20 minutes. Both Statham and senior guard Lacy Haddock had seven points in the first half as CSUSB led by as many as 11.

WWU mounted a 15-5 run and got to within a point on Richard Woodworth's free throws with 1:09 left and the Coyotes up 40-39.

But the Coyotes immediately responded with junior Christian Cooper's layup and Haddock's 3-point play inside the final minute and the Coyotes led 45-39 at the break.

Coach Jeff Oliver's team never let the lead get fewer than four points in the second half and gained substantial control in a pivotal five-minute run at the 15:11mark.

Up 56-51, Statham โ€“ whose previous career high was 10 last season โ€“ equaled that number in four minutes and 50 seconds and helped distance CSUSB past WWU, 76-60 with 10:22 left.

WWU got as close as four (86-82) with 3:13 left, but the Coyotes kept the Vikings at bay, hitting 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch for the win.

No. 6 Metro State 83, Chadron State 71

CHADRON, Neb. -- Metro State trailed by three points at halftime, but rallied for an 83-71 win at Chadron State on Saturday. The Roadrunners improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Eagles fell to 5-5 and 2-4.

Metro State outscored CSC 49-34 in the second half.

Mitch McCarron scored a game-high 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting, with nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Brandon Jefferson scored 13 points โ€” all in the second half. Will Sinclair had a career-high 12 points and had six rebounds after hitting all six of his field-goal attempts. Nicholas Kay scored 10, Jamal McClerkin added eight and Harrison Goodrick scored seven.

After trailing for much of the first half, the Roadrunners led 34-29 with 2:56 left in the first half. The Eagles responded by scoring the final eight points of the first half and led 37-34 at half, hitting 7 of 13 from the outside.

After giving up a quick 3-pointer to start the second half, the Roadrunners went on a 13-0 run to build a 47-40 lead with 17:21 left and it was all Metro State after that.

MSU Denver led by as many as 20 points in the second half.

No. 7 Indiana (Pa.) 88, Kutztown 56

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Another offensive explosion for Mathis Keita and the Indiana (Pa.) earned the seventh-ranked Crimson Hawks their 10th win in a row, as they defeated Kutztown 88-56 on Saturday afternoon.

Keita put up 26 points, the fourth time this season he has scored at least 20 points. In his third game with the Crimson Hawks, Brandon Norfleet busted out 21 points, followed by Marcel Souberbielle's 16.

As a squad, IUP turned the ball over just seven times, compared to 20 from the Golden Bears. The Crimson Hawks were able to capitalize on the turnovers, scoring 29 of their 88 points following a Kutztown error.

It was an all-around effort for IUP as the defense showed its power. Devante Chance set a career high with seven steals and Devon Cottrell matched his career high in blocks with five.

No. 9 Southern Indiana 80, Kentucky Wesleyan 68

EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Southern Indiana completed the "Battle for the Bridge" sweep of Kentucky Wesleyan 80-68 on Saturday afternoon in the Physical Activities Center. USI rises to 8-0 overall, while KWC falls to 7-6 in 2013-14.

The victory marks the third time in five seasons that the Screaming Eagles have flown through the first third of the season with an unblemished 8-0 mark. USI also has reached the 8-0 plateau nine times in the history of the program.

In the history of the "Battle for the Bridge" trophy, USI has been a dominating 15-9 against KWC since 2000-01 and has won the past four meetings.

The Eagles led the game from start to finish, building a 13-point lead 19-6 in the first 10 minutes of the contest. The Panthers, however, were not about to go quietly, slashing the Eagles' advantage to a few as 28-23 with 2:46 left in the opening half.

USI used a 4-0 spurt to push the lead back to nine points at 32-23 with 1:44 to play in the first half, before going into the locker room with a 32-25 lead.

No. 10 Montevallo 77, Flagler 66

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. โ€“ Montevallo junior Shykeem Jackson tied his career high with 20 points as he led the Falcons to a 77-66 win on the road at Flagler in a Peach Belt Conference contest on Saturday.

Jackson knocked down 6 of 11 attempts from beyond the arc in the victory for the Falcons. Montevallo (9-1 overall, 2-1 in Peach Belt Conference) outrebounded the Saints 49-34 in the win.

Senior Orlando Brazier added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Troran Brown and Silas Mills each contributed a double-double in the victory. Brown, who has scored in double figures in each game this season, registered his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 assists. Mills posted his first double-double of the season and the third of his career with 11 points and game-high 12 boards in the win.

Junior Ed'Lexus Collier contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Larry Slaughter chipped in five points and three boards.

The Falcons raced out to a 38-18 lead at halftime.