Pomeroys fall in NAIA tournament

Mar. 15—Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College had a four-point lead at halftime of its first-ever National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament Friday night, but host Northwestern (Iowa) scored 59 points in the second half for a 102-87 victory.

The Pomeroys ended the best men's basketball season in school history with a 25-7 mark, while Northwestern moved on at 24-7.

SMWC led 47-43 at intermission, but Northwestern caught up with a 6-2 run to open the second half, Alex Van Kalsbeck tying the game 49-49 with a layup.

Greg Jenkins hit a 3-pointer for the Pomeroys, but Van Kalsbeck hit one in response. Northwestern took a 54-52 lead and never trailed again; Jenkins dunked to tie the score at 54 with 16:26 left, but a 3-pointer at 15:39 put the home team ahead to stay.

Cobie Barnes, who led Saint Mary-of-the-Woods with 34 points and 10 rebounds, hit 3-pointers that brought the Pomeroys within 67-65 at 11:10 and within 80-75 at 5:49, but Northwestern pulled away from there.

Van Kalsbeck led all scorers with 37 points for the winners, while Craig Stark added 27 and Zach LaFave 12.

Jenkins added 18 points for SMWC and Greg Johnson scored 12. Shon Tupuola got 10 rebounds.