MOORE — The Mid-America Christian University Evangels have received an at-large bid to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament, beginning Wednesday (Mar. 19) on the campus of Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.
The Evangels, seeking their fifth NCCAA National Championship and first since 2007, are making their second straight national tourney appearance and their 23rd overall.
MACU will get things going Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. (CST) against the sixth-seeded Roberts Wesleyan Redhawks in a rematch from last year’s NCCAA tournament, won by the Evangels 91-69.
The Evangels enter the tourney with an 18-12 overall record and concluded the regular season tied for second in the Sooner Athletic Conference, their best finish since joining the NAIA.
Semar Farris has been a driving force this season for the Evangels, posting team-highs in points (19.1 ppg), assists (149) and steals (95). Angelo Lewis is second in scoring at 16.2 ppg and has a team-best 6.3 rebounds. Farris was named SAC Newcomer of the Year and was also an NCCAA All-Central Region performer, while Lewis received third-team All-SAC honors.
Jarius Wilson (14.3 ppg) and Reggie Davis (12.3 ppg) are also scoring in double-figures this season for the Evangels.
The Redhawks are an NCAA D-II squad located in Rochester, N.Y. and are 12-14 overall on the season. Roberts Wesleyan is led by the NCCAA East Region Player of the Year Isaac Medeiros, who averages 16.3 points per game and nine rebounds a game.
OU drops to No. 3
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved to No. 3 in the country following the close of regular season competition last weekend. The Sooners improved their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) by .02 to 197.660 following an effort of 197.450 on the road at Arkansas last weekend.
Last weekend, Florida became the second team (OU being the first) to post a 198+ on the road this year. The Gators are No. 1 in this week’s standings (197.790), followed by second-ranked LSU (197.720), Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama (197.405) and No. 5 Utah (197.365).