No. 5 seed Mountain State University (W.Va.) became the first team to reach the quarterfinal round of the 2008 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National with an 84-71 victory Friday against unseeded Wayland Baptist University (Texas).
The Cougars shot their way into Saturday's third round by making 13 three-point field goals, including eight in the first half. Seven different Cougar players made at least one shot from beyond the three-point arc in the victory. Mountain State improves to 32-2 on the year and will play Saturday at 2 p.m. CST against either Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) or Louisiana State University at Shreveport.
Senior guard James Spencer scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the first half to lead Mountain State. Senior guard Jarvis Jackson added 18 points, five assists and four steals, while senior center Jason McGriff posted 12 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Ralph Legg came off the bench to connect for 10 points for the Cougars.
Wayland Baptist opened the game with a 10-2 run over the first four minutes of play. Mountain State took its first lead of the contest, 15-14, on a basket in the lane by Spencer with 12:34 remaining in the period. The Cougars eventually stretched the margin to 11 points before Wayland Baptist scored the final four points of the period to pull within 44-42 at the intermission.
Mountain State broke open a close game early in the second half with a 12-2 run to grab a 61-48 lead with just over 14 minutes to play. Senior guard Adron Marshall capped the spurt with a three-pointer at the 14:09 mark.
Senior center Danny Storey closed out his career by scoring a game-high 26 points for Wayland Baptist. Storey also grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds. Senior guard Kris Hatley posted 12 points and five assists, while senior center Michal Polonowski helped out with 11 points for the Pioneers. Wayland Baptist ends its season with an overall record of 20-13.
Mountain State improved to 30-0 on the year when scoring at least 80 points in a contest.