Point Lookout, MO- The #21 Washington Adventist University men's basketball team finished a historic regular season and capped it off by being named Association of Independent Institutions 2017 Champions. The Shock knocked off #4 Rochester College Sunday evening by a final score of 78-63.
In the first half, the Warriors used an early 8-2 run to start the contest. The Shock slowly chipped away at the Warriors lead trailing by four points 17-13 with 7:46 left to play in the first half. The Shock then used an 11-0 run to cut into the Warriors lead and take control of the contest 20-17. The Shock led at halftime 34-33. In the first half, the Shock shot 75% (12-16) from the free throw line.
In the second half, both teams battled back and forth for the majority of the half. With 7:21 left to play in regulation the Shock held a slim 57-56 lead until Charles Vines and Tyrus Fleetwood knocked down back-to-back jumpers that extended the Shock lead 62-56. The Shock never trailed again in route to their 78-63 win and first NAIA Conference Championship since 1992.
The Shock held the advantage shooting 46% (24-52) while holding Rochester to 38% for the contest. The Shock shot 72% (21-29) from the free throw line for the contest while Rochester only attempted 13 free throws. The Shock won the battle of the boards 33-27 for the contest.
The Shock were led by Tyrus Fleetwood who finished with a game high 23 points and 8 rebounds on 4-7 shooting from beyond he arc. Elliott Meredith poured in 20 points on 8-12 shooting from the charity stripe. Eric Lindsey chipped in with 13 points on 3-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Brian Bridgeforth posted another double double finishing with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Charles Vines added 10 points with the go ahead basket that started the Shock's second half push.
The Shock finish the regular season and conference tournament with a final 22-6 record. The Shock will await their pairings for the National Tournament held back at College of the Ozarks March 8-12. Stay tuned for more information.