Men’s club playoff action began with excitement including a pair of double overtime games, a single OT game, and another 1-point win.
Virginia rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit through two overtimes to eliminate Gonzaga 61-59. Down 33-21 at the break, Virginia started the second half on a 18-3 run and ultimately held the Zags to just 4 points for over 16 minutes. But, Gonzaga returned to life, down 39-36 with 4 minutes to play. The Zags would recapture the lead at 43-41 with 1:05 on a hook shot in the lane by Luke Lenhard. On UVa’s next position, Drew Lakey was fouled as he drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. With the free throw, Virginia had grabbed a 2-point advantage. The Zags picked up a point at the free throw line, then the Cavs’ James Brong added a pair to push the lead to 47-44.
With 6.2 seconds on the clock, Gonzaga’s Brady Garcea hit an off-balance 3-pointer to tie and was fouled, but his free throw was no good and the game moved into its first extra period. The teams traded buckets and free throws in the first overtime, with Daniel Fisher’s 2 free throws at 19.2 on the clock giving Virginia a 3-point advantage. But, Garcea nailed another 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to tie the game and force a second overtime.
In the 2nd OT, a Matt Pletropaoli lay-up and 2 free throws from Fisher had Virginia up 60-56. Yet another And-1 opportunity for Garcea pulled the Zags to within one with 22 seconds left. After UVa added a free throw, the defense held strong to close out the Cavs’ 61-59 playoff win. Garcea ended the game with 19 points for the Zags. Virginia was led by Phillip Davine’s double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds.
Two courts away, Air Force and New Hampshire batted into a pair of overtimes as well. UNH’s Eli Hodgson hit a hook shot in the paint to tie the game at 46 and force overtime. A Hodgson lay-up and 2 free throws by Air Force’s Dezmond James represented the only scoring in the first 3-minute extra period. A driving lay-up attempt by New Hampshire’s Kyle Irving was fiercely defended and blocked away by Air Force’s Joshua Reece to preserve the tie. In the 2nd OT, Hodgson and James traded pairs of free throws to set-up a dramatic final 10 seconds.
After a Air Force timeout, the Falcons’ Robert Farley drove the lane for a lay-up with less than 4 seconds to take a 52-50 lead. But, New Hampshire’s Irving was fouled during his three-quarters court shot with 0.8 on the clock. Irving stepped to the line and calmly hit all three resulting free throws, leading UNH to the 53-52 double overtime win. Shea Whalen tallied 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for UNH. James had 16 points and 3 blocks for the Falcons.
In a game that finished in the regular 40 minutes, Grand Canyon used a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining to knock off Wisconsin Red 45-44. Wisconsin had grabbed the 44-43 lead with 6 seconds remaining on a baseline jumper by Cassius Noskowiak. But, Grand Canyon’s Daniel Dyck was fouled on his last second drive to the hoop and hit both free throws to propel GCU into the round of 16. Zac Ramirez led Grand Canyon with 12 points and 4 steals. Jack Meurer had 14 points for Wisconsin Red.
In other men’s club action, Ivy Tech eliminated Ohio State Scarlet 57-49 behind 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals by Marc Brown. Boston College beat Dayton Black 55-49. And, Prairie View A&M outlasted Notre Dame 75-69 in overtime.
In the opening round of the women’s club playoffs, Duke won the battle of Tobacco Road with a 69-60 win over rival UNC. Kelly Vittetoe tallied 22 points and 6 boards for the Blue Devils in the win. Emily Pender had 16 points and 3 blocks for the Tar Heels. NC State advanced with a 61-56 win over Towson. Kate Wadsworth had 24 points and Sam Olson added 18 for the Wolfpack. And Ohio downed Cornell, 43-32.
2:00 pm Playoff Games
MC: Grand Canyon 45, Wisconsin Red 44
MC: New Hampshire 53, Air Force 52 (2OT)
MC: Virginia 61, Gonzaga 59 (2OT)
MC: Ivy Tech 57, Ohio State Scarlet 49
MC: Prairie View A&M 75, Notre Dame 69
MC: Boston College 55, Dayton Black 49
WC: Ohio 43, Cornell 32
WC: NC State 61, Towson 56
WC: Duke 69, North Carolina 60
Unified: Central Michigan 46, Ole Miss 34