teams learn of NAIA
State College men’s basketball teams will
both open NAIA national tournament play next
Thursday against Northwestern Oklahoma State
as the pairings for the 32-team tournament
to be played at Kansas City, Mo., were
tournament ranks the 32 teams in order and
the Warriors are the No. 14 seed at 26-6,
and will take on No. 19 seed Northwestern
Oklahoma, 20-11, at 6 p.m., PDT. LCSC was
ranked No. 16 in the final NAIA poll, while
the Rangers were No. 24.
The winner of
the Northwestern Oklahoma-LCSC contest will
face the winner of No. 3 seed Georgetown
(Kent.) and Xavier (La.) at 6 p.m. on
Friday. The quarterfinals are March 17,
while the semifinals are March 19, and the
championship game is March 20.
LCSC does have
one common opponent with the Rangers, and
it’s the No. 2 team in the country, Oklahoma
City University. The Warriors lost to
Oklahoma City 79-51 in a tournament at
Lewiston in November, and OCU beat the
Rangers 81-50 in early January. However, in
their second meeting, as well as in the
Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, the
Rangers defeated OCU 69-60 and 69-62 for
OCU’s only two losses this season.
appear to be peaking at the right time as
they have won seven of their last nine
games. They finished fourth in the
conference at 10-8, including just 2-7 on
Oklahoma is average 68.8 points per game and
is allowing 64.1. The Rangers are shooting
44.2 percent from the field and 34.1 percent
from the 3-point line.
Warriors, the Rangers use several players in
games. Tramain Davis, a 6-5 senior forward,
leads the team in scoring and rebounding at
12.6 points and 6.0 boards per game. Gary
Nunez, a 6-7 senior center, is at 10.6
points, followed by 5-10 freshman guard
Brandon Brown at 10.3 points, and Shane
Hansen, a 6-4 junior guard, at 10.0 points.
men are making their sixth national
appearance, and third in the last six years.
The 26 wins are the second most in a season,
trailing only 31 set by the 2003-04 teams.
LCSC has made
its mark defensively this year. The team is
second in the NAIA in fewest points allowed
per game at 60.3, and is fourth in 3-point
field goal percentage at 30.6. LCSC is also
outscoring opponents by an average of 17.6
points per game, which ranks third in the