KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Northwestern was halted in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament, as seventh-seeded McKendree (Ill.) knocked Northwestern out of the tournament in the first round, downing the Rangers 83-58.
Eric Palm scored a tournament-high of 33 points for McKendree (29-5), including 20 points in the opening half, as the Bearcats held a 40-25 halftime lead.
Northwestern was unable to convert a three-pointer in four first half attempts, while the Rangers shot 42 percent in the opening stanza.
The Rangers went on to net 37 percent for the game and were able to add only one three-pointer in 13 attempts.
Northwestern’s bench scored 43 points, with Brandon Dixon leading the Rangers with 16 points and seven rebounds. Three other players found double figures, as David Holmes had 11 points and Felipe Eichenberger and Termaine Snyder both posted 10 points.
McKendree went on to shot 46 percent for the night, hitting 6-of-12 from three and connecting on 21-of-24 free throws.
The Rangers ended the season with a 20-12 overall record and will lose six players to graduation.
Fri, March 20, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt