Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Transylvania men get at-large bid to NCAA Division III tournament

Georgetown's Greg Whittington celebrated his basket against No. 20 Notre Dame as teammate Markel Starks, rear, yelled his approval.
No. 11 Georgetown won 59-41.
Georgetown's Greg Whittington celebrated his basket against No. 20 Notre Dame as teammate Markel Starks, rear, yelled his approval. No. 11 Georgetown won 59-41. AP

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference received two bids into the NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament for the third consecutive year. Conference tournament champion Rose-Hulman was joined by runner-up Transylvania in the field of 62.

Rose-Hulman won the HCAC's automatic bid with a 76-73 (OT) win over Transylvania in the HCAC championship game.

The Pioneers, despite the loss to Rose-Hulman, earned an at-large berth into the 62-team field and will host Carroll (Wis.) at the Beck Center in Lexington on Friday.

Men

Brescia 71, Asbury 65: Brescia pulled away in the second half to advance to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finals. Five players scored in double figures for the victors: Zac Brown and Troy Halcomb with 13 points each; Myron Christian with 12; Bryce Garrett with 11; and Chris Way with 10.

Asbury's Dakotah Euton led all scorers with 19 points and added 11 rebounds for the game's only double-double.

KIAC: Asbury's Austin Flannery and Dakotah Euton, who both starred at Scott County, were named to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's All-Conference team. Other players with Kentucky ties named to the squad were Alice Lloyd's Issac Wilson, Berea's Harry Cross and IU Southeast's Wes Cox.

Women

No. 20 Louisville 63, Seton hall 53: Shawnta' Dyer scored a career-high 22 points and Louisville defeated host Seton Hall. Becky Burke added 17 points, Asia Taylor tied a career-high with 12 rebounds and Shoni Schimmel scored seven points dished out seven assists for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals earned a first round bye in the Big East Tournament.

Va.-Wise 83, Pikeville 47: Virginia-Wise knocked off visiting Pikeville in the opening round of the Mid-South Conference tournament.

Wise senior Kristin Mullins had a double-double by halftime, scoring 23 and pulling down 10 rebounds. Pikeville struggled from the field all day and had hit only five of 39 (12.8 percent) at the break.

Asbury 74, Brescia 65: Asbury overcame a slow start and a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Brescia in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference semifinals. The Eagles will play in their first KIAC championship game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Indiana Southeast.

Starting guard Laura Carroll led all scorers with 24 points.

Indiana Southeast 81, Alice Lloyd 57: Despite a 21-point performance from Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd's 18 turnovers paved the way for foe Indiana Southeast's victory in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's semifinals. Nickell added 11 rebounds for a double-double.

KIAC: Alice Lloyd's Ariel Nickell was named Player of the Year by the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Asbury's Bart Flener was named Coach of the Year and one of his players, Trenia Barbee, was named Newcomer of the Year.

Nickell led the conference with 22.5 points per game. She also averaged 9.2 rebounds.

Flener led Asbury to its first regular-season conference title. Barbee averaged 18 points per game.

Barbee and Nickell were also named to the All-Conference team. Others with Kentucky ties named to the team were Asbury's Laura Carroll, Ellen Gray and Lakin Griffith; Brescia's Olivia Moore; Midway's Whitney Odom; and IU Southeast's Heather Wheat and Ashmere Woods.

SIAC: Kentucky State guard Jasmine Davis was named Newcomer of the Year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Davis averaged 14.7 points per game. The 5-foot-7 junior shot 84.5 percent from the free throw line and 45.7 percent from behind the arc to lead the league.

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