Men's Basketball

Cumberlands men advance in NAIA

The University of the Cumberlands bolted to a 39-25 halftime lead and was never threatened in an 81-65 victory Thursday morning over Jarvis Christian College of Texas in the first round of the NAIA men's basketball tournament at Kansas City, Mo.

Cumberlands, seeded No. 11 in the tournament, limited Jarvis to nine field goals and forced 12 turnovers in building its first-half advantage.

The second half was much the same as Cumberlands' Chad Byron made a pair of three-pointers to start the period and Jarvis was never able to mount a comeback.

Josh Phillips led four Cumberlands players in double figures with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds. Travis Harvey added 15 points and Luke Fitzgerald 13. Bernard Cherry finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double of the season.

The victory was the eighth in a row for Cumberlands (27-6).

Roderick Braden led Jarvis (26-8) with 13 points and five assists.

Cumberlands will play the winner of Thursday's Biola University (Calif.) and Westminster College (Utah) contest in the second round at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Friday.

NAIA women

Columbia (Mo.) 64, Campbellsville 60: Rachel Oswald powered Columbia to a first-round NAIA win in Jackson, Tenn., with 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday.

Columbia (29-4) led for all but 41 seconds through the final 13:54, and the Cougars held Campbellsville scoreless over the final 21/2 minutes. Campbellsville led 56-55 and again at 58-57 on baskets from Whitney Ballinger, who finished with a game-high 27 points. However, Columbia responded quickly with baskets both times.

Courtney Danis added 13 points and five assists for Campbellsville (26-7). Jarobia Hill had 17 rebounds.

Whitney Davis had seven points, five assists and five steals for Columbia, which had 13 steals and forced 25 Campbellsville turnovers.

Lindsey Wilson 63, Westmont (Calif.) 51: The fifth-seeded Blue Raiders pulled off Wednesday's only first-round upset beating the No. 4 seed at Jackson, Tenn., to advance to the NAIA second round for the second year in a row.

Lindsey Wilson (25-8) will take on No. 1 seed Union (Tenn.) on Friday at 7:15 EDT.

Late Wednesday night, Westmont took a pair of early three-point leads before the Lindsey Wilson assumed control en route to a 32-20 lead at halftime.

Westmont (22-9) closed the gap to nine points early in the second half before the Blue Raiders pulled away. Lindsey Wilson led by as many as 23 in the second half.

"We played pretty well for about 30 minutes tonight," Lindsey Wilson Coach John B. Wethington said. "We had lapses, especially down the stretch, but overall, I'm pleased with our effort tonight."

Lindsey Wilson dominated Westmont on the boards, 48-22.

"We really felt coming in that rebounding would be one of the keys to the game," Wethington said. "Our ladies just went after every rebound and that really helped us keep possessions alive and end their chance to put back baskets."

Sophomore center Viktoria Krell led the charge with 16 rebounds to go along with her 16 points.

Senior forward Ewa Bukowska added 16 points and sophomore guard Diondra Anthony chipped in 10.

Alisha Heglund was the only Warrior in double figures, with 13 points.