The 5:20pm games were characterized by two words: hard-fought and decisive. There were four Unified quarterfinal games, one Men’s Intramural quarterfinal game, and two Women’s Club Round of 16 games.
In the Unified Division playoffs, the Oregon Ducks faced the Iowa Hawkeyes in what was a close match that came down to the wire. At the half, Oregon led 17 – 13 and they maintained control throughout. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, there was only a 2 point difference. After a battle of free throws, the Ducks pulled a 38 – 29 win over Iowa. Athlete, Ken Ward, scored 6 points alongside partner, Mason Lockwood who scored 7 points, had 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Oregon and Iowa weren’t the only ones with a nail-biter. The University of Toledo and Colorado State University took their Unified Playoff game to overtime. Colorado State made a crucial go ahead lay-up and scored again that brought their lead to 4. After a made free throw and a drive inside, the University of Toledo made it a 1 point game with 38.5 seconds left in overtime. Ultimately, Colorado State hung on for the victory 39 – 37 in a hard-fought win. Davey Mathis with Colorado State had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
The Men’s Intramural Playoff also ended in a dramatic finish with SFA – The Takeover besting SRSU Lobo Nation 55 – 53. SRSU led SFA going into the second half 31 – 29, but ultimately couldn’t hang on for the win. Tyler Zivney for SFA had 16 points and 1 steal to lead his team to victory.
Other scores from the hour:
FSU 52, Louisville 37
Louisiana 49, Eastern Washington University 26
Air Force Academy 31, Ithaca College 17
Wisconsin Red 51, Colorado State 24
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