Kansas City, Mo.
Unseeded Carroll College (Mont.) advanced to the semifinals after a 67-57 victory against 14th seeded Saint Xavier University (Ill.) in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Saturday at Municipal Auditorium.
Carroll took a 29-21 advantage into the locker room thanks to a 10-0 run during a span of three minutes late in the first half. Saint Xavier cut the lead to six on the opening possession of the second half, but could never get any closer.
Senior forward Andy Brown led three Carroll players in double figures with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 9-for-12 from the stripe. Jeff Hays finished with 14 points while Sinan Guler had 11. Carroll out-rebounded Saint Xavier 37-28 and got seven boards each from Kurt Paulson and Brown.
Phillip Watson (Chicago, Ill./Von Stueben) led the Cougars with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Jason Reiter (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) finished with 15 points. Saint Xavier shot just 2-for-17 from beyond the arc, much lower than their season average of 40 percent.
Saint Xavier made its seventh national tournament appearance and its best finish previously was the second round in 2003. The Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Langston University (Okla.) 60-55 in the first round before upsetting third-seeded Lindsey Wilson College (Ky.) 78-68 yesterday. Saint Xavier concludes its season with a 30-7 record and tied the most wins in school history.
Carroll improves its record to 28-6 on the season and advances to its first semifinal. The Fighting Saints best finish previously was a quarterfinal appearance in the 1966 national championship. Carroll will face the winner of the quarterfinal game between unseeded John Brown University (Ark.) and unseeded Biola University (Calif.). Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST on Monday.View Official Boxscore