NEWS RELEASE FROM WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY
Kansas City, Mo.-#12 William Carey University was the victim of a three point barrage as they fell to the defending national champions Concordia University (Ca.), 92-86 in first round action at the 2013 Buffalo Funds- NAIA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Championship.
With the loss WCU finishes the season at 25-6.
"Concordia is a good team and they shot the ball really well today. Their experience of being out here so many times helped them early on. We regrouped and really got after them but they made the shots they needed to down the stretch, "said WCU head coach Steve Knight.
Concordia came out rolling connecting on four of their first five three point attempts as they opened the game with 16-3 run. Trailing 32-15 with 8:20 left in the first half the Crusaders made their first significant move of the morning as they used a 12-3 run to cut the lead to 35-27 with five minutes left in the half. Concordia pushed the lead back to 12 but buckets by Jeremiah Dunnings and Jamal Doss cut the lead to 45-37 at the half.
In the second half WCU cut the lead to four but Concordia again used the three ball to extend the lead back twelve midway thru the half. The Crusaders refused to go away and Jamal Doss' slam dunk cut the lead 67-61 with 8:58 to play.
Concordia again extended the lead back to nine points but again the Crusaders clawed their way back and Daron Bell's old fashioned three point play made it a four point game with three minutes left.
Down 86-77 with a minute to play Kelvin Nixon reeled off five straight points to cut the lead to 86-82 however Concordia did what was needed as they went 4 for 4 at the foul line to put the game away.
"That was a very good team we just beat. They didn't win 25 games for nothing. It was a very hard matchup for us, luckily we got off to a tremendous start. I'm really proud of our preparation, because our guys came out and played really, really hard. Almost every game in this tournament, one team's gotten off to an early lead and the other team is able to mount a comeback. We did a good job of making enough plays to stay ahead of them. They were surging the whole game," said Concordia head coach Ken Amman.
"Being down early wasn't frustrating we just buckled down played hard and kept fighting. Things just didn't turn out our way," said WCU junior guard Jeremiah Dunnings.
Dunnings led four Crusaders in double figures with a tournament high 35 points. Daron Bell finished with 16 points and Jamal Doss capped his WCU career with a 14 point 10 rebound performance. Kelvin Nixon finished with 10 points.