UNIONTOWN, PA-A familiar foe at a familiar time awaited the Mustangs in the opening round (Quarterfinals) of the 2010 Men’s Division I USCAA National Championship Tournament.
Unfortunately, a familiar outcome was in order as the Tornadoes topped the Mustangs for the second straight year at the USCAA National Championships, 88-53. The game nearly matched a 70-47 loss in the quarterfinals of the 2009 USCAA National Tournament. The Tornadoes eventually went on to win the 2009 National Championship.
Junior forward/center Eric Johnson (Southfield, Mich./Lathrup) led all scorers with 19 points.
Key stats: Mustangs shot 22-of-72 (30.6%) from the field. Tornadoes shot 34-of-70 (48.6%). Tornadoes shot 9-of-22 (41%) from behind the arc. Mustangs countered with a difficult 2-of-16 (12.5%).
The loss sends the Mustangs to the consolation bracket against Robert Morris-Springfield (IL). The Eagles (#5) dropped their first round game against #4 Oakwood University, 66-41.
A win tomorrow would keep the Mustangs in play for a potential fifth place finish. Last season, the Mustangs responded after an opening round defeat to top the #5 seeded Florida College Falcons. The win placed them into the fifth place game where they fell to IU-Northwest.
The Mustangs control their own destiny and still have an opportunity to top last season’s sixth place finish by winning their next two contests.
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Category: Men's Basketball