No. 7 NIACC men cruise in tourney opener

NIACC's Trey Sampson throws down 2 of his 19 points in Tuesday's tournament game.
NIACC's Trey Sampson throws down 2 of his 19 points in Tuesday's tournament game.

MASON CITY - The No. 7 NIACC men's basketball team rolled to a 114-88 victory over Little Priest Tribal Colllege in the first round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament on Tuesday in the NIACC gym.

Freshman Deundra Roberson led six NIACC players in double figures with 24 points, including six three-point goals. Also in double figures for the Trojans were Trey Sampson (19), Wendell Matthews (18), Chandler Dean (15), Kyle Lang (13) and Quentin Hardrict (10).

Hardrict recorded a double/double with his 10 points and 10 assists.

NIACC (24-4 overall) faces Iowa Lakes at 7 p.m. Thursday in the regional semifinals. Second-seed NIACC topped the Lakers 119-110 at home and 107-94 at Estherville in the two regular season contests.

Iowa Lakes, the tournament's No. 3 seed, advanced to the regional final four with a 76-64 win over Iowa Central.

The 24 wins by the Trojans matches the 1995 national title team that was 24-12 for the most wins in school history.

The 114 points in Tuesday's regional tournament win was the most by a Trojan team in the post-season since the Trojans stopped Iowa Lakes 128-89 in the second round of the 1978 regional tournament. The 114 points is the third most in school history in the post-season.

The post-season single-game record came in a 134-93 first-round win over Sioux Empire in the 1977 tournament.

In Tuesday's win, the Trojans led 60-41 at the half and outscored the Warriors 54-47 in the second 20 minutes.

NIACC's 2018-19 season (24-4 overall)

DCTC 91, NIACC 80

NIACC 97, Bay College 77

Iowa Western 100, NIACC 76

NIACC 78, Marshalltown CC 73

NIACC 99, RCTC 67

NIACC 94, Southeastern CC 86

NIACC 109, Wartburg College JV 77

NIACC 101, DCTC 65

NIACC 105, Northeast CC 71

NIACC 108, Luther College JV 70

NIACC 104, Southwestern 81

NIACC 125, Mount Mercy JV 98

NIACC 86, Iowa Central 75

NIACC 106, DMACC 100

Kirkwood 83, NIACC 65

NIACC 108, St. Ambrose University Junior Varsity 72

NIACC 110, Little Priest Tribal College 85

NIACC 86, Ellsworth 74

NIACC 119, Iowa Lakes 110

NIACC 96, Southwestern 83

NIACC 95, Iowa Central 82

NIACC 95, Kirkwood 81

NIACC 121, Little Priest Tribal College 101

NIACC 109, Graceland University JV 53

NIACC 107, Iowa Lakes 94

NIACC 86, Ellsworth 64

DMACC 96, NIACC 89

NJCAA Region XI tournament

NIACC 114, Little Priest Tribal College 88

THE LAST TIME NIACC ....

Scored 100 points: NIACC 114, Little Priest Tribal College 88 (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game.

Had 10 3-point goals: 15 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game

Had 50 rebounds: 52 vs. Ellsworth (2-27-19)

Had 20 assists: 25 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game

Had 15 steals: 16 vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game

THE LAST TIME A TROJAN HAD ...

50 points: 51, Dennis Shaffer vs. Southeastern (1972-73); 50, Dennis Shaffer vs. Iowa Central (1972-73)

40 points: 46, Walter Smith vs. Iowa Lakes (1973-74)

30 points: 32, Deundra Roberson vs. Southwestern (2-2-19)

5 3-point goals: 6, Deundra Roberson vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game

25 rebounds: 25, Terry McKissick vs. Marshalltown (1971-72)

15 rebounds: 18, Cam McPherson vs. AFLBS (12-16-17)

10 rebounds: 10, David Wanjara vs. Graceland University JV (2-18-19)

15 assists: 16, Mike Eckenrod vs. Kirkwood (1987-88)

10 assists: 10, Quentin Hardrict vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19)

10 steals: 10, Jade Watson vs. Normandale (1993-94)

5 steals: 5, Deundra Roberson vs. Little Priest Tribal College (2-13-19)

5 blocks: 6, Trey Sampson vs. Ellsworth (2-27-19)

Double/double: Quentin Hardrict 10 points/10 assists vs. Little Priest Tribal College (3-5-19) - Regional tournament game