Monday, March 16, 2009

Tough weekend for other AICUO members in small-college tournaments

After this weekend’s play, no one from our association remains in the NCAA Division III or NAIA Division II tournaments – indeed, not one even won a game.

At the NAIA tournaments, each of the five AICUO participants ended an otherwise good season with a long ride home after playing a single game.

In the women’s tourney, it was a quick one-and-done for Ohio Dominican at the hands of Dickinson State, 77-44; and for Cedarville, losers to Bethel (Ind.), 67-63.

Walsh, seeded fourth, was victim of an upset in the first round of the men’s tourney by Ottawa, 91-83. Cedarville narrowly lost to Sioux Falls (S.D.), 66-63, while Mount Vernon Nazarene fell to Bellevue (Neb.), 84-75.

Friday the 13th was bad luck for John Carroll and Capital in the NCAA men’s tournament: both lost in Cleveland on the first night of sectional play, which they reached after winning twice on the tournament’s first weekend. Despite hosting the sectional round, John Carroll lost 78-73 to Guilford (N.C.), while Capital fell 71-63 to Texas-Dallas.

- Bob Burke