NCAA Tournament

Drury advances to Division II basketball semifinals

Updated: 2013-03-29T03:31:17Z

The Kansas City Star

— Behind a 33-point night from Alex Hall, Drury advanced to the NCAA Division II semifinals Thursday night with an 84-75 victory over South Carolina-Aiken at Freedom Hall.

Drury, 29-4, set a school record for victories in a season and will play Western Washington at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the championship game, which is in Atlanta on April 7, the off-day for the Division I Final Four.

Blue Springs South grad Drake Patterson finished with seven rebounds, tying Cameron Adams for a team high.

Drury led 42-36 at halftime but Aiken, 25-8, tied the score at 44-44 with 18:29 to play and took a four-point lead with 15:51 left. Hall answered with a three-pointer and a jumper by Ian Carter put the Panthers ahead for good.

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