#3 LINCOLN MEMORIAL 74, #6 CHICO STATE 61
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Redshirt-senior guard Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) scored 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as the Railsplitters used a late 15-1 run to defeat the Chico State Wildcats 74-61 and advance to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship on Wednesday night at Sanford Pentagon. FULL STORY
Head Coach Josh Schertz
"They (Chico State) gave us fits with their size and their athleticism. We played much better in the second half for the most part… ball moved better, bodies moved better and we were able to get some good looks. I thought we guarded them fairly well and competed well on the backboards."
On losing players from last year's team:
"This game kind of epitomizes our season. It's not always a thing of beauty. We have two freshman point guards and we lost our two leading scorers from last year. We've evolved into a tough and gritty group and rode the backs of our defense and rebounding. To get a 13-point win when we were maybe not at our best shows some of the intangible stuff I'm talking about."
#35 Paul Woodson (F, 6-9, 185, R-Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio / Aiken Technical HS)
On scoring first seven points of the second half:
"I was just playing within myself and playing within our offense. We have a good motion offense so it gets me open shots and I felt comfortable taking them and I was making them."
#20 Luquon Choice (G, 6-3, 235, R-Sr., Laurens, S.C. / Laurens HS)
On pulling away in a close game:
"We just started putting the ball in the basket. Like coach said, we started moving the ball better in the second half, some shots just kicked in for us, and we took off from it."
On improving in second half:
"Second half I just had to let it come to me. In the first half, I was kind of forcing bad shots so I just had to let the game come to me and I started making shots."