Newman Sends Foresters Packing

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2005-03-09
The Jets of Newman University (22-9) blew away the #9-seeded Foresters with a 55-point second half to earn the first round 85-76 upset in the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament. HC jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, but Newman fought back to take a 24-22 lead with under seven minutes to play. The Foresters then closed out the half with a 12-6 run to take a 34-30 lead at the break. HC looked to be finding its rhythm as the second half began, building a 52-42 advantage with just over 11 minutes left in the game. A couple of critical turnovers and missed field goals seemed to ignite the Jet shooters. The Elliott brothers, Seth and Cole, hit back-to-back threes midway through a 25-5 Newman run that put the Jets up 67-57 with just over four minutes to play. HC's Alex Kock got a couple put backs to draw the Foresters back within 67-63, but that was as close as they would get. HC was forced to foul over the final minute and a half to try to get back in the game, but the Jets knocked down enough free throws to give the Foresters their earliest exit from the tournament in five tries. The loss overshadowed an outstanding effort by HC's Chase Verba, who seemed to be everywhere at times. He finished with a double-double in the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kock also added his own double-double with 14 points and 12 boards for the Foresters. Steve Snider led HC with 17 points, Kyle Ganton had 11, and Doug Sheckler added 10 off the bench. For Newman, Seth Elliott dropped in 17 while Cole Elliott added 16. The Foresters conclude their season with a 22-11 record.

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