KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Xavier’s men’s basketball season ended Thursday with an 84-70 loss to Mid-America Christian in the opening round of the NAIA Division I tournament at Municipal Auditorium.
Morris Wright scored 22 of his career-high 27 points in the second half for the Gold Rush (24-10), ranked 19th in the coaches poll and unseeded in the tournament.
The Evangels (24-10), ranked and seeded 13th, made 14 3-pointers and won in their first trip to the NAIA’s national tournament. Jerrick Massenburge, one of five double-figure scorers for MACU, made 4-of-4 3-pointers in the second half and scored 17 points.
Sydney Coleman had 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Gold Rush. Anthony Goode and RJ Daniels scored 11 apiece. Daniels had a game-high nine points in the first half.
Semar Farris scored 16 points for MACU. Chris Runnels scored 12 points, and Josh Smith and Brock Hunter had 10 apiece.
CAMPBELLSVILLE 88, LSU-SHREVEPORT 80: In Kansas City, Mo., Campbellsville shot 54 percent from the field to eliminate LSU-Shreveport from the NAIA National tournament.
LSU-Shreveport’s Josh Walker had a career high 25 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds as the Pilots outrebounded the Tigers 42-37. Walker went 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 9-of-15 from the field in 27 minutes.
Jesse McWright added 10 and five rebounds for the Pilots.
LSU-Shreveport finished the season at 21-11, while Campbellsville moved to 29-5 and advanced to the next round of the tournament.
CAMPBELLSVILLE 55, LSU-SHREVEPORT 46: In Independence, Mo., No. 1-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) forced 25 turnovers and recorded 13 steals in a 55-46 win over No. 8-seed LSU-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA women’s basketball tournament.
Campbellsville (30-3) controlled the first half as LSU-Shreveport went just 1-for-8 from 3-point range in the half and shot just 24 percent from the floor in the first half.
Kourney Pennywell had 13 points and eight rebounds at halftime and notched her 26th double-double on the year, finishing with 22 points and 17 rebounds.
Lindsey Burd led the Lady Tigers with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Emily Fox had 13 points.
LOYOLA’S NEELY NAMED JESUIT BASKETBALL SPOTLIGHT PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Loyola women’s basketball player Janeicia Neely was named the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight women’s basketball player of the week for of March 3-8.
The senior point guard from Kenner helped lead the Wolf Pack to its first Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) tournament championship, averaging 20 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game in three tournament wins.