Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State (photo/AJ Dahm, SPX Sports)

Second seeded Northwest Missouri shot .510 from the field as they picked up a 78-53 victory over Ouachita Baptist in the first round of the men’s central regional.

For the Bearcats Zach Schneider finished with a  team best 18 points and Justin Pitts added 16 points and six assists. Anthony Woods had 13 points, D’Vante Mosby had 11 points and Conner Crooker finished with 10 points.

Second seeded Northwest Missouri shot .654 from the field and got 26 points off of turnovers as they picked up an 82-60 victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Division II National Championship.

Justin Pitts led the way with 38 points, dishing out five assists and picking up four steals. Conner Crooker finished with 18 points while on the glass Chris-Ebou Ndow led the way with five boards.

NWMSU will face Augustana in the regional championship at 7 p.m. on March 15 from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.