TUNE IN TO SEE SELECTIONS FOR NAIA NATIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS ON WEDNESDAY
The Division I Men's and Women's Basketball National Championships will have a selection show on March 12 at 7 p.m. (women) and 8 p.m. (men). RRAC teams that have already received automatic berths in the tournaments are LSU Shreveport and Wiley in the men's draw, and Our Lady of the Lake and Huston-Tillotson in the women's draw. Several others are nationally ranked and in the hunt for at-large bids.
WACO, Texas -- Keenan Allison of Wiley College (Texas) and Jonathan Villela of Bacone College (Okla.) earned recognition as Red River Athletic Conference Baseball Co-Players of the Week for March 3-9, while Tim Hill of Bacone was honored as RRAC Pitcher of the Week over the same dates. This is the sixth set of awards for the 2014 season.
Allison, a senior leftfielder from Beaumont, Texas, posted a .444 batting average and a .722 slugging percentage with two doubles and a home run to lift the Wildcats to a 5-0 week. He had three multiple-hit games in Wiley's four-game sweep of RRAC rival Texas College including a 2-for-2 performance with a homer and four RBIs in an 11-3 win on Friday. Allison also was 3-for-5 in a 15-1 victory with three runs scored. For the week, he scored six runs and drove in seven as the Wildcats started conference play at 4-0 and climbed to 8-13 on the season.
MARSHALL, Texas -- Wiley broke away from St. Thomas in the final minutes to close out a 56-52 win over St. Thomas in the final of the RRAC Men's Basketball Tournament Saturday on the campus of East Texas Baptist University. The victory was the first in the tournament for Wiley since 2007, and it guaranteed an automatic berth for the Wildcats in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.
Playing only a few miles from its campus, Wiley trailed 50-49 when Rashad Harris buried a three-pointer to put Wiley ahead to stay. Cortavious Vaughn, who led all rebounders with 12, was fouled and sank two free throws the next time the Wildcats had possession to stretch the lead to 54-50. UST managed a layup by Sean Edwards on a fast break at 3:49 to reduce the lead to two, but UST missed its final four shots down the stretch leading up to a Wiley rebound with 50 seconds remaining.