Bentley Beats UNA at Its Own Game, 102-92

SPRI NGFIELD, Mass. - Top ranked Bentley took at page out of UNA's playbook to score a season-high 102 points as they ended the Lions' hope of taking a Division II crown with a 102-92 victory, Wednesday night in the quarter-finals of the Division II Playoffs.

Bentley shot 54.8% -- 57.8% in the 2nd half -- in surpassing its season average of 78 points a game with more than nine minutes remaining. UNA hoped their high-octane offense would counter one of the stiffest defenses in Division II, but the Lions trailed by as many as 19 in the 2nd half.

North Alabama, which captured Division II titles in 1979 and 1991, finished 27-9.

The Falcons, from Waltham, Massachusetts, sealed the win with free throws while scoring the most points ever allowed by UNA in 41 NCAA postseason games.

There were 10 lead changes, but Bentley seized the momentum midway through the 1st half and now moves on to the semi-finals against Winona St. with a 34-0 record.

Bentley outscored the Lions 29-15 over the last 10 minutes of the half to take a 48-36 lead into the locker room at the half.

Jason Westrol led Bentley with 26 points. Five other Falcons were in double figures.

Thomas Fraise led five UNA players with 25 points. Kenny Johnson added 18, Casey Holt 15, Quinn Beckwith 13 and Andrew Chesney 11.

With 15 points against Bentley, Holt set a UNA single-season scoring record with 640 points. He passed the mark of 625 that the late Dabbs Earnest set in 1961-62. Holt also finished his career as the ninth leading scorer in UNA history with 1,220 points.