The Concordia University Texas men’s basketball team will trek to San Antonio, Texas to face Trinity in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 2 at Sams Gymnasium. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
Concordia (23-5), which will compete in the NCAAs postseason event for the first time, captured its first American Southwest Conference Tournament crown by defeating Mary Hardin-Baylor, 80-76, yesterday afternoon on the campus of Texas-Dallas to earn the league’s automatic bid. The Tornados have set a Division III program record for overall wins this season and will enter the NCAA Tournament riding an eight-game winning streak, which matches a season best.
The Tornados, who rank second nationally in scoring offense (94.4 ppg), have been led by Dwayne Patterson, Nick Haynes and Josh Sanchez. Patterson leads the team in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (8.9 pg) and steals (2.2 pg), while Haynes accounts for 14.2 points per game and has led the league in 3-point field goals made the last two years. Sanchez, who was named the ASC Tournament MVP yesterday after pouring in 34 points in the championship game, scores at a 14.6 clip and also contributes 2.9 assists and 2.0 steals per contest.
Like Concordia, Trinity (20-7) automatically qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament crown in a 60-55 overtime thriller against Colorado College over the weekend. The Tigers are led by junior Zach Lambert, who was named to the All-SCAC First Team and averages a team-best 14.8 points per game to go along with 5.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks. Senior Heath Hopson is the team’s leading rebounder, grabbing 6.2 per contest, and scores at a 10.5 clip. Robert Kitzinger (10.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and William Young (3.6 ppg, 4.3 apg)) were also All-SCAC selections.
Concordia and Trinity were among 42 programs to earn automatic qualification into the 62-team field. The other 20 teams received at-large berths. The winner of Saturday night’s game between the Tornados and Tigers will advance to face Mary Hardin-Baylor in the second round in Belton on Saturday, March 9.
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