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Concordia Advances, 76-73

March 29, 2003|From Wire Reports

Concordia advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I tournament in Kansas City, Mo., with a 76-73 victory over Oklahoma Christian Friday night.

The sixth-seeded Eagles extended their winning streak to seven games in improving to 33-4. They'll play Barber-Scotia, N.C., today at Municipal Auditorium. It will be their second appearance in the quarterfinals, having advanced in their only previous tournament appearance in 1999.

With the score tied at 69 with 2:06 left, junior guard Jeremy Groth made a three-pointer.

Oklahoma Christian (21-11) got to within one point on two occasions, the last making the score 74-73 with 49 second left.

Concordia missed a shot on its next possession, but sophomore center Tanner Luster grabbed the rebound. He was fouled and made two free throws to give the Eagles a 76-73 lead with 10 seconds left.

Luster led Concordia with 23 points, including nine of 10 free throws. Guard Rashaun Thomas added 14 points.

In another second-round game, David Williams scored 23 points to lead Oklahoma Baptist (26-5) to a 72-66 victory over Westmont (24-10). Chris Clark and Mitch Pierce each scored 14 points for the Warriors.

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