Athletic Event

NJCAA Division II National Tournament

Chiefs hold off Southern Maryland, stay alive in consolation bracket at the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament

Chiefs hold off Southern Maryland, stay alive in consolation bracket at the NJCAA Division II National Championship Tournament

Conference: No

Opponent: #16 College of Southern Maryland (14-17)
92 - 81 (W)

The first consolation round game of the 2017 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Tournament featured the College of Southern Maryland and Waubonsee Community College. Germaine Roebuck scored the first eight points for Waubonsee with a mixture of jump shots and layups. Southern Maryland was able to get what they wanted in the first four minutes, and held an early 10-8 lead. Neither team could pull away early at the 14-minute mark as Waubonsee had seized just a two-point lead, 14-12. Another Roebuck basket with 12 minutes to go in the half gave the Chiefs their largest lead at 20-14. Southern Maryland rallied to keep the game close. Dominic Espeleta connected from deep to give the Hawks a one-point lead, 25-24. The lead wouldn’t last long as Chiefs guard Alec Goetz responded from deep. At the under seven minute media timeout, Waubonsee was in front 30-27. Their lead stretched to seven with 3:09 to go in the half, 39-32. A succesful lob from an underneath out of bounds to Roebuck ended in a last second basket before the half to send the Chiefs into the locker room with a ten-point halftime lead, 47-37.

Out of the half, Waubonsee started on a 7-0 run and the lead grew to 54-37 quickly. Southern Maryland would battle back and go on a 12-4 run to bring the score back within 9, 58-49. A big shot by Antonio Tavares closed the gap to six, 61-55. Another three out of a timeout and the Hawks were back within one possession 61-58, after slowly working their way back into the game. For the next several minutes, the Hawks kept pushing, fluctuating between a three and six point deficit. Every time Southern Maryland would get close, Waubonsee would respond with a basket of their own. Deon Ward connected with a three that pushed the Waubonsee lead to 8 with seven minutes to go, 68-60. As the game came down to the last four minutes, Levon Randall put the Hawks within the striking distance with a step back three. But Goetz responded right away in the Chiefs time of need. Waubonsee led 82-75. Southern Maryland was unable to mount any substantial comeback and Waubonsee held on to win, 92-81.

Ward led all scorers with 27 points off the bench to go along with four assists. Roebuck finished with 18 points, making 9 of 11 shot attempts for the game. Goetz added 17 points and six assists, while the Chiefs' 6'9" freshman center Jake Pike pitched in with a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. 

Waubonsee now advances to play Johnson County (KS) Community College, an 85-77 winner over Cincinnati State (OH) Community College in another elimination contest. The Chiefs (26-9) and Cavaliers (25-9) will play Friday at 9:00am CDT in an elimination contest. The Cinderella season for Southern Maryland comes to an end as the Hawks finish 14-18 overall.