West Liberty ended their national title run in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament with a
loss to Stonehill College, 91-90.
With ten minutes to go in the Elite Eight matchup, the Hilltoppers were up by 10 after a 19-3 run.
The Skyhawks then went on a run of their own, a 23-6 run, to go up by seven, 84-77, with about four
minutes left to play.
The Hilltoppers kept battling and got within one point with just under a minute to go.
Stonehill scored on back-to-back possessions to regain a five-point lead with about 36 seconds left.
Alex Falk hit two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds to keep the Hilltoppers in it, but Stonehill proved that
free throws are very important at the end of the game, as they went 3-4 to seal the deal.
One of Falk’s threes went in with 2.6 seconds left in the game to put the score at 91-90. But the
Hilltoppers were unable to get a foul call when the ball was thrown into play, which secured the upset
Falk lead the Hilltoppers in scoring as he bucketed 26 points, going 8-11 from the field.
Cedric Harris, who was Atlantic Region Tournament MVP, saw little playing time as he was in foul
trouble throughout the game. In the first half, he had three fouls and had to sit for the majority of the
second half as he picked up his fourth early before fouling out with about four minutes left to play.
With Harris in foul trouble, Shawn Dyer made sure that his time on the court was going to be worth it.
Dyer finished the game with 15 points, going 6-9 shooting.
Keene Cockburn also impressed off the bench as he bucketed 17 points going 6-10 from the field
including 3-5 from behind the three-point arc.
The Hilltoppers finished the season 32-3.
Thank you to the Hilltoppers for another awesome and exciting “rebuilding” year.
Good luck to our seniors, and we will all be looking forward to seeing another run for a championship