Rocky falls to Cumberlands 82-58 at NAIA tourney

2014-03-19T11:15:00Z 2014-03-20T00:37:07Z Rocky falls to Cumberlands 82-58 at NAIA tourneyGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
March 19, 2014 11:15 am  • 

KANSAS CITY. Mo. — Unseeded Cumberlands, Ky., used a flurry of 3-pointers on Wednesday morning to send ninth-seeded Rocky Mountain College packing during the opening round of the NAIA Division I men’s basketball championship tournament.

The No. 24-ranked Patriots knocked down 13 3-pointers — many of them coming at critical moments — in beating the No. 10-ranked Battlin’ Bears 82-58 at Municipal Auditorium.

“Every time we had something going, they had a 3-point answer,” Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen said.

The season ended for Rocky (23-8) with the setback. Cumberlands (20-11) will move on to play eighth-seeded Emmanuel, Ga., (30-3) on Friday morning in the Sweet 16.

Senior guard James Archie came off the bench to lead the speedy Patriots with 17 points, all of them coming in the first half. Archie accounted for five 3-pointers for Cumberlands, which broke the game open late in the first half with its outside shooting.

“Before you knew it, every 3-ball they put up went in,” Dreikosen said. “That helps create momentum for your team.”

The Patriots drilled four 3-pointers in the final 3:48 of the first half to move ahead by 20 points en route to a 45-27 advantage by intermission.

Rocky, however, opened the second half on a 9-1 run to cut its deficit to 46-36 with 16:20 to play in the game.

Cumberlands responded, though, with back-to-back 3-pointers by R.J. Scott to push the lead back to 16, 52-36, with 15:00 remaining, and the Patriots pulled away from there. Cumberlands led by as many as 29 points, 82-53 with 2:16 to play.

“It just wasn’t our day,” Dreikosen said. “We couldn’t get any rhythm offensively. We didn’t shoot the ball well. Give them credit, they were a very good team out of a good (Mid-South) league.”

Rocky shot just 29.6 percent from the field, including 5 of 19 from 3-point range. Cumberlands shot 48.3 percent, including 13 of 25 from 3-point territory.

Besides Archie’s 17, Cumberlands also received 13 points from Michael Dow, 12 from Scott and 10 from Chance Armstrong. Shaquille Lowery was credited with seven assists and eight rebounds.

The Patriots’ bench outscored Rocky’s reserves 40-7.

The Bears were led by the 17 points of Tyree Anderson. Malachi Roberts and Joel Barndt had 11 points apiece.

Barndt also grabbed 14 rebounds.

Rocky, which jumped ahead 11-4 in the game’s opening minutes, trailed 22-21 with 7:30 to go in the half. The Patriots closed out with a 23-6 spurt to take charge.

Back-to-back threes by Armstrong made it 38-23 at the 3:12 mark. Moments later, Archie knocked down two straight 3-pointers to expand it to a 45-25 spread with 1:50 remaining in the half.

Cumberlands drilled eight treys during the first half, with Archie going 5 for 5 from beyond the arc.

While the Patriots shot 50 percent from the field, including 53 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range, Rocky shot just 36 percent overall in the opening 20 minutes.

The Bears were also hampered by fouls (10) and turnovers (11) during the first half.

Senior center Jeremy Nicolas got in early foul trouble and played just three minutes in the first half.

“That’s someone we count on heavily,” Dreikosen said.

This was Rocky’s eighth appearance at nationals. The Bears are 5-7 in 12 games, including a 5-0 run to the national championships in 2009.

Dreikosen said he told his players that Wednesday’s loss shouldn’t take anything away from a championship season.

“I’m really proud of them,” he said. “It was a fun team to coach. They did a lot of good things.”

Cumberlands 82, Rocky Mountain 58

Cumberlands, Ky. (20-11) — Chance Armstrong 4-10 0-2 10, R.J. Scott 3-6 4-6 12, Shaquille Lowery 0-2 3-4 3, Taylor Gover 3-6 0-0 9, Tony Bradley 3-9 2-4 8, Steve Goins 2-5 0-0 4, Kenny Cowser 2-2 2-2 6, James Archie 6-10 0-0 17, Iven Rosier 0-0 0-0 0, Karon Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Dow 5-6 2-4 13, Jakov Pilic 0-1 0-0 0, Luka Djurisic 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 28-58 13-22 82. 3-point goals: 13-25 (Armstrong 2-3, Scott 2-5, Lowery 0-1, Gover 3-6, Bradley 0-2, Archie 5-7, Dow 1-1). Fouls: 17. Technical foul: Gover. Turnovers: 14. Assists: 16 (Lowery 7). Steals: 6 (six with 1). Blocks: 1 (Lowery). Rebounds: 44 (Lowery 8, Cowser 8).

Rocky Mountain College (23-8) — Joel Barndt 4-11 3-4 11, Jeremy Nicolas 1-4 2-2 4, Sian Lane 3-9 0-0 8, Tyree Anderson 6-16 4-8 17, Malachli Roberts 5-16 0-0 11, Collin Moriarty 1-1 0-0 3, Matt Strickland 0-3 0-0 0, Derek Graves 0-4 0-0 0, Taylor Longo 0-4 0-0 0, Rob Nyby 0-2 2-2 2, Ben Moerkerke 0-0 0-0 0, Danny Little 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-71 11-16 58. 3-point goals: 5-19 (Barndt 0-1, Lane 2-3, Anderson 1-4, Roberts 1-5, Moriarty 1-1 Strickland 0-1, Graves 0-2, Longo 0-1, Nyby 0-1). Fouls: 20. Technical foul: Anderson. Turnovers: 13. Assists: 4 (four with 1). Steals: 8 (Nicolas 2, Roberts 2). Blocks: 3 (Barndt 2). Rebounds: 40 (Barndt 14).

Halftime: Cumberlands 45, Rocky 27.

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