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Missouri Southern prevails in shootout over Washburn in opener of men’s NCAA Division II tourney

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It was a Cam Martin kind of day in the first round of the men’s NCAA Division II tournament.

Martin made 9 of 10 three-pointers (16 of 21 field goals overall) and finished with 46 points for Missouri Southern in its 101-100 victory over No. 3 seed Washburn in the quarterfinals of the Central Regional in Maryville, Mo.

Elyjah Clark added 28 points, including eight three-pointers, for the Lions

Missouri Southern will take on No. 7 seed Southeastern Oklahoma on Sunday in the regional semifinals.

Washburn was down 51-41 at the half but could not pull off the comeback victory. Javion Blake had 24 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Ichabods.

Host and top seed Northwest Missouri State rolled past No. 8 seed Minnesota State Mankato 91-62. Joey Witthus scored 39 points. He was a perfect 11 for 11 on free throws, and he made 4 of 8 three-pointers. Northwest Missouri made 20 of 21 free throws.

The Bearcats will take on the winner of Saturday’s late game between Southern Nazarene and St. Cloud State.

No. 6 seed Drury lost to third-seeded Findlay 71-66 in Midwest Regional action. Allen Billinger scored 24 points for Drury.

In the women’s tournament, top seed and host Fort Hays State got by Minnesota State Moorhead 71-60 and will play Southwestern Oklahoma in the Central Regional championship game in Hays, Kan., on Monday.

Central Missouri lost to Southwestern Oklahoma 75-72. Morgan Fleming had 18 points and seven rebounds for Central Missouri.

No. 1 seed Drury cruised by Northern Michigan 78-56 in the semifinals of the Midwest Regional in Springfield, Mo. Drury will face Grand Valley State in the regional championship game on Monday.

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