KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team kicked off the 2014 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball NAIA National Championship Tournament with quite the bang, pulling off the first upset of the tournament with an 82-58 win over No. 9 Rocky Mountain College in first round action.
The Patriots, who just made the final cut for the prestigious tournament last week after a strong showing in the final two weeks of the season, will advance to the Sweet Sixteen round and face the Lions of Emmanuel College on March 21 at 9:00 am.
The game started off in Cumberlands’ favor as they headed to the locker room at half time with a 45-27 lead. With superior rebounding and stellar three-point shooting at 52 percent, the Patriots pulled away early and never looked back with each player on the roster seeing action in the total team victory.
Senior James Archie (Jackson, MS) led the way for the Patriots scoring 17 points, all of which came in the first half of play, on 6-10 shooting including 5-7 from three point land. Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) added 13 points to the stat sheet while R.J. Scott (Slidell, LA) and Chance Armstrong (Mt. Washington, KY) showed up big for the Patriots chipping in 12 points and 10 points respectively. Shaquille Lowery (East Moline, IL) only had three points in the game, but was a big contributor adding 8 rebounds and seven assists.
With the win, Cumberlands moves to 20-11 overall, entering the Sweet Sixteen round for the 7th time in program history. The Patriots will look to continue their run to the Final Four against the Lions of Emmanuel College who are currently ranked No. 9 in the NAIA and earned the No. 8 seed for the tournament.
Tip-off is set for 10:00 am eastern time on Friday, March 21.