Grenadiers Edge VCSU 75-72 To Advance To NAIA Second Round
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – No. 11 seed IU Southeast survived a late charge from Valley City State (N.D.) to advance to the second round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament with a 75-72 win.
IU Southeast led by as many as eight in the first half before the Vikings were able to cut into the deficit. IU Southeast led 36-34 at halftime.
The lead swung back and forth throughout the second half before the Grenadiers opened up a seven-point lead with about two minutes to play. IU Southeast then turned the ball over on consecutive possessions and VCSU was able to eventually take the lead with under a minute to play.
Clark got a layup to give IU Southeast a 73-72 lead and Kevin Mitchell hit two free throws to secure the win. A desperation three-pointer from VCSU fell short as time expired.
Sekani Milligen had 23 points in the loss for the Vikings.
IU Southeast will face the winner of Saint Mary and No. 6 St. Xavier on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.