Point Lookout, MO- Despite being handed a lower 5 seed against 4 seeded Northwestern College, the stage was set for the Shock. Shock gained the lead late in the game, but a step-back jumper in the final seconds gave Northwestern the upper hand as the time expired.
Shock defensive efforts changed the game from the first half to the second. Throughout the first half, Northwestern led in scores shooting 50% from behind the arc (8-16). Colton Kooima led the way for the Red Raiders, with 22 points. Despite, strong shooting from Northwestern, the Shock weathered the storm, and only trailed by 6 points at the end of the first half, 43-37.
Defensive adjustments from the Shock ran Northwestern off the line, as they shot 0% from the 3-point line (0-7) in the second half. The game remained tight with six ties and four lead changes during the final 20 minutes. A jumper by Tyrus Fleetwood (SR/Hagerstown, MD) put Washington Adventist up by four (74-70) at the 2:45 mark but successive baskets by Mulder and Kooima tied the game at 74, setting up the dramatic final minute. A tale of two halves fell short as Kooima hit the final contested bucket of the game with just 6 seconds left on the game clock.
Brian Bridgeforth (SR/Washington, DC) led all players with 23 points and 13 rebounds, using his 6-10 frame to have his way in the post. Elliott Meredith (SR/Bedford, OH) complimented Bridgeforth with 19 points and 6 boards and Tyrus Fleetwood scored 17 and led in assists with 5. Coach Patrick E. Crarey, II, Coach Sullivan Phillips and the Shock conclude their history-making season with a final record of 22-7.