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Willett MVP/ Asadullah wins in NIT - Mar 20, 2019


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Shaun
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There would be no comeback this time. Shaun Willett (193-F) saw to that.

Willett's 33-point performance led top-seeded Queens over second seed Augusta 91-78 Tuesday night, giving the Royals their second straight NCAA Division II Southeast Regional championship.

The victory sends the Royals (31-4) to the Elite 8, set for March 27-30 in Evansville, Ind. Queens reached the national semifinals a year ago.

Augusta (28-6), the Peach Belt Conference champion, had come from behind in both the quarterfinals and semifinals, winning each time in overtime. But once Queens took a big lead midway in the second half, the Royals dominated the boards, overcame the Augusta press, and pulled away.

Queens sprinted to several leads, including a 32-25 margin with 7:20 left in the half. But the Jaguars battled back each time.

A half with nine lead changes ended with Queens taking a 39-38 lead on a basket by Willett, who had 12 points and six rebounds by halftime.

The lead changed hands three times early in the second half, but a Willett dunk put Queens ahead to stay 49-48. A dunk by Willett at the 12:20 mark gave the Royals a 61-54 lead, and Queens continued to build the margin.

The lead reached 14 points with eight minutes left, Augusta cut the deficit to single digits, but Queens pulled away against in the closing two minutes at the foul line.

Miguel Arnold (180-PG) was held to six points for Augusta.

Champions were crowned Tuesday night in all eight Division II regional tournaments. Seeds and schedules for the Elite 8 will be announced by the NCAA in the next few days.

INTERVIEW

BY STEVE LYTTLE

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Ahsan Asadullah (203-C) and the Lipscomb men's basketball team needed a second-half rally, but when the horn sounded, the Bisons found themselves advancing to the next round of the NIT with a wild 89-81 victory at Davidson Tuesday night. All-ASUN Freshman Asadullah came off the bench to score ten points

"It feels great, and it shows a lot of character from our team to come off that loss in the championship game and just battle with toughness," Lipscomb head coach Casey Alexander said. "I could not be more proud of our team."

The Bisons will head to Greensboro to take on UNCG in the second round of the NIT. A day and time are still to be determined.

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