Westmont loses in NAIA title game to Dalton State, 71-53

Westmont loses to Dalton State, 71-53, in NAIA championship game

Jordan Bowling had 18 points and seven rebounds, Anthony Hilliard added 14 points and Dalton State (Ga.) College cruised to a 71-53 victory over Westmont College in the NAIA national championship game on Tuesday at Kansas City, Mo.

Preston Earle contributed 13 points for Dalton State (32-4) and LaDaris Green grabbed 11 rebounds. Cory Blau had 17 points for Westmont (25-11), eight coming in the first five minutes of the game. Nate Marsing and David Gunn added eight points apiece.

Hilliard made a deep three-pointer as time expired in the first half to give Dalton State a 16-point lead. After Westmont closed the gap, Sean Tate drilled a three-pointer with six minutes left in the game to put Dalton State up 53-44 and the Roadrunners never looked back.

Cal Baptist women in Division II semifinal

Darsha Burnside scored 27 points and Cal Baptist pulled away from a tie at halftime for an 86-77 victory over New Haven in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals at Sioux Falls, S.D.

Burnside also had 19 rebounds, and Courtney Nelson added 19 points and eight rebounds for the Lancers (27-6), who will face Limestone or Lewis in the semifinals Wednesday.

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