Florida Southwestern’s men’s basketball team played in its first national postseason game on Wednesday.
It will play in its second on Thursday.
Tyler Cheese had a double-double, and four FSW players scored in double figures for the No. 6 seed Bucs, as they handled No. 11 Hutchinson at the NJCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., 80-65.
The Bucs(30-2) took the lead for the first time on a three from Maddox Daniels just under four minutes into the game, and never looked back using a 15-4 run to stretch it out to 19-10 on a Tremell Murphy layup. After that, Hutchinson(29-7) never got closer than four. FSW led by as many as 23 in the second half.
I’m EXTREMELY PROUD of how our guys competed this evening. They got after it defensively! SWFL thanks for tuning in today on the webcast. Please watch tomorrow at 9pm eastern. Gonna be a difficult game. We need your support. Thanks. #Team2#30-2#oneof8teamsleft
— martin richter (@richterhoops) March 22, 2018
Cheese had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Tra’Von Faga led the Bucs with 18 points. Murphy and ShanQuan Hemphill added 13 points each for the Bucs, who shot 53 percent from the floor – getting 54 of their 80 in the paint.
Entering as the No. 6 seed in the 24-team single elimination tournament earned the Bucs a first round bye, so Wednesday’s win put the second-year program into the quarterfinals, where they’ll face No. 3 Vincennes. Vincennes(33-1) beat No. 14 Motlow State 86-82 in their second round game. The winner will play the winner of No. 2 Northwest Florida and No. 10 Southern Idaho in the semifinal on Friday.
No. 6 FSW vs. No. 3 Vincennes, Thursday, 9 p.m.
Video: NJCAA TV(njcaatv.com)($4.99 per game; $12.99 full tournament)
Live Stats: FSWBucs.com
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