Four teams have been sent home and four teams are still fighting for a pair of dancing shoes in the Summit League Conference Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Last night, IPFW downed #4 South Dakota State 71-66 in the first of two quarterfinal games. Jeremy Mixon scored 17 of his team high 19 points for IPFW in the second half to lead the comeback after SDSU's Kai Williams stretched South Dakota's lead to 44-37 with 14 minutes to play. The Mastodons of IPFW fought back and secured the win with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch, including the two that gave IPFW their final lead with 37 seconds left.
In the second game of the evening, #3 Oral Roberts needed extra time as they survived a scare against #6 North Dakota State. The Golden Eagles scored only 6 points in the final 10:47 after leading by 50-38. A basket by NDSU's Michael Tveidt tied the game with 14 seconds left to send it into overtime. where ORU would go on to win 65-64.Let's take a look at tonight's semifinals:
#1 Oakland vs. #5 IPFW - Semifinals Game 1 - 6:00 pm
Regular Season Meetings: Oakland 84, IPFW 76 - (Fort Wayne, IN); Oakland 86, IPFW 83 - (Rochester, MI)
Oakland: The Golden Grizzlies ended the regular season with 23 victories, matching last season’s Division I school record ... Oakland is 25-1 in its last 26 league games and holds the nation’s 15th-best home winning streak at 13 ... The Grizzlies have finished among the top three of The Summit League standings in seven of 11 years, including each of the last four ... OU entered the tournament riding an eight-game win streak, one victory shy of matching the school record, set earlier this season ... The Grizzlies went 7-0 this season in league games decided by five points or fewer. (via The Summit League)
IPFW: Trey McCorkle scored a career-high 25 points at Oakland, converting 9-of-15 shot attempts and all seven free throw attempts, a career-best ... The Mastodons had their four- game winning streak snapped in a three-point loss in the regular season finale at Oakland ... Deilvez Yearby posted his ninth double-double of the season with 23 points and 10 rebounds at Oakland ... IPFW finished the regular season above .500 for the first time in its Division I history since 2001-02. (via The Summit League)
Tonight's game will be the second meeting between the two teams in the last 10 days.
#2 IUPUI vs. #3 Oral Roberts - Semifinals Game 2 - 8:30 pm
We can only hope this one is as entertaining as their mascot fight in the 2008 tournament: