NCAA DII Tournament 2012: Metro State Falls To Montevallo On Wednesday Night

The 2012 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament ended on Wednesday night for the Metro State Roadrunners following a loss to the Montevallo Falcons.

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NCAA Div. 2 Tournament 2012: Metro State Faces Montevallo For Spot In Final Four

March Madness is alive and well in Colorado even with the Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado St. Rams out of the Division I tournament. The Metro State Roadrunners play on Wednesday night against the Montevallo Falcons in the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament.

The Roadrunners were the No. 2 seed in the Central Region that the No. 1 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers hosted. Metro State opened the tournament with a victory over Adams State and then defeated St. Cloud State in the second round. This set up a showdown with No. 1 Mines, which the Roadrunners won, 73-64. Reggie Evans scored 22 points in the victory and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the way to victory.

Evans was recently named to the Daktronics Third Team All-America for the 2011-12 season (PDF). Evans averages 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season.

Also joining Evans on the third team is Montevallo guard D.J. Rivera, who leads the Falcons with 21.8 points per game. Montevallo was the No. 1 team in the Southeast Region, beating Barton, Lincoln Memorial and Anderson (S.C.) to reach the Elite Eight.

Game time/date: 6:30 p.m. MT, Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Location: Bank of Kentucky Center, Highland Heights, Ky.

Streaming: NCAA.com

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NCAA Div. II Tournament Bracket: Metro State Reaches Elite Eight Following Upset Over No. 1 Colorado School Of Mines

The No. 2 Metro State Roadrunners (25-6) will continue their run through the NCAA Division II Tournament when they take on No. 1 Montevallo in an Elite Eight contest in Kentucky. The Roadrunners upset the No. 1 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers on Tuesday night, 73-64, to win the Central Region portion of the bracket.

The Roadrunners were once again led by Reggie Evans and Demetrius Miller -- the former scoring 22 points and pulling down nine rebounds, the latter with 21 points. Miller and Brandon Jefferson sank six of the team's 12 three-point attempts, Jefferson scoring nine of his 17 points on them. Overall, the team shot 50 percent from the field.

For the School of Mines, Dale Minschwaner scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but the team shot just 36.7 percent from the field. The Roadrunners forced the Orediggers into an early 13-0 hole, which made them play catch-up for most of the game. Mines did take a one-point lead late in the first half, but it was all too fleeting.

Head over to Metro State's wrap-up for more on this game. The Roadrunners will take the court against Montevallo next Wednesday at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, Ky., for a shot at the Final Four.

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NCAA DIv. II Tournament 2012: Colorado School Of Mines, Metro State Face Each Other In Sweet 16

The Central Region final for the NCAA Division II Tournament is all set with intra-state rivals, the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (29-2) and the Metro State Roadrunners (24-6), ready to tip off on Tuesday night at Lockridge Arena in Golden, CO, the Orediggers' home court.

Colorado School of Mines is the host of the Central Region and took the No. 1 seed while Metro State gained the No. 2 seed in this portion of the bracket. After picking up opening round wins on Saturday, both schools were on the court again on Sunday night for the Round of 32.

The Roadrunners played first and defeated No. 6 St. Cloud State, 76-64, for a spot in the Sweet 16. However, they needed to overcome a 12-point deficit to pull off that victory. Demetrius Miller poured in 24 points, including nine from beyond the arc, while Jonathan Morse put in a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. The team made 25-of-33 free throws while St. Cloud State went to the line just 11 times and made six of them. The Huskies had just one scorer in double digits (Theo Rothstein with 15) while Metro State had four.

Mines didn't have quite the trouble Metro State did, pulling out an 80-60 victory in the late game of the day. Dale Minschwaner led the way with his double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds while Brett Green had the team lead in points with 18. Green scored half of his points on three-pointers. Overall, the team hit nine of its 18 treys, including three from Brian Miller off the bench. Trevor Wages fell a rebound short of a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down nine rebounds.

These two teams will play on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. for a spot in the Elite Eight.

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NCAA Div. II Basketball Tournament: Colorado School Of Mines Hosts Augustana (S.D.) In 1st Round

The Colorado School of Mines Orediggers (27-2) enter Saturday's game against the Augustana (S.D.) Vikings in a strong position. Not only are the Orediggers the top-seeded team in the Central Region portion of the 2012 NCAA Division II Tournament, they are also the No. 1 team in the Coaches Poll (for the first time ever) and winners of the RMAC regular season and tournament titles.

The Orediggers are led by RMAC Player of the Year Brett Green and his 15.6 points per game. Dale Minschwaner isn't far behind Green, as he averages 13.5 points and bangs around the boards for 7.1 rebounds over 29 games. The team also features Trevor Wages (9.2 rebounds per game) and RMAC Freshman of the Year Trevor Ritchie (11.4 points).

The average margin of victory for the Orediggers this season has been 15.8 points, as the team averages 76.9 per game and allows just 61.1.

Augustana features Cody Schilling, the team's leading scorer at 17.1 points in 27 games. Cameron McCaffrey (14.1 points) and Drae McMurray (13.7) complete the Vikings' trio of double-digit scorers.

The winner of this games goes on to play the victor between No. 4 Southwest Minnesota State and No. 5 Minnesota State Moorhead.

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NCAA Divsion II Basketball Tournament 2012: Metro State Faces Adams State On Saturday Afternoon

The 2012 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament got underway on Friday with a few games on the schedule, but the bulk of the games are taking place on Saturday afternoon and evening. The Metro State Roadrunners are the No. 2 seed in the Central Regional that is hosted by the No. 1 Colorado School of Mines Orediggers. The Roadrunners take on the No. 7 Adams State Grizzlies at 2:30 p.m. MT

Metro State is ranked No. 13 in the nation heading into this contest, but they lost to Colorado Mesa in the RMAC shootout. Still, their 22-6 record has them as the No. 2 team at the Golden, CO, regional and potential favorites to match up with the Orediggers to win this subsection of the bracket and advance to the Elite Eight.

The Roadrunners are led by senior guard Reggie Evans' 18.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while junior forward Jonathan Morse is not too far behind with 13.6 points and 9.4 rebounds. Brandon Jefferson (12.8 points), Demetrius Miller (11 points) and Nicholas Kay (7 points) fill out the remainder of the expected starting lineup.

Adams State finished third in the RMAC with a 19-8 record, behind only Colorado School of Mines and Metro State. Marqus Richards (14.2 points) and Jack Osborn (12.6) lead the Grizzlies offense that averages 80.8 points per game. The Roadrunners will need to watch out for Jamiko Verner and his 99 steals on the season.

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