Men's Hoops Falls in Mississippi
Occidental men's basketball lost to No. 3 ranked Mississippi College 68-51 in an NCAA Division III Championship first-round game Friday, March 2 in Clinton, Miss.
The Tigers, SCIAC champions for the second time in five seasons, end the 2006-07 campaign with a 19-6 overall record.
Mississippi College improved to 26-2 and will host Maryville College (Tenn.) Saturday night at 7 p.m. Central for the right to advance to the Division III Sweet 16.
The Choctaws, ranked second in Division III in points allowed (55.9 ppg), turned in a stellar defensive effort, holding the Tigers to 29% shooting from the floor in the contest. Occidental hit seven of 24 attempts in the first half, 10 of 34 in the second, and went five of 16 from behind the three-point line.
Point guard Ryan Hudson led Mississippi College with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Nick Mills '07 paced the Tigers with 13 points; Justin Zebb '07 added eight points and recorded four steals. The Tigers missed the inside presence of Sam Betty '07, who sat out with a sprained knee.