Jerome Joseph scored 25 points, including five of six free throws in the final minute, and The Master's College defeated Southeastern Oklahoma State, 71-65, on Saturday night to win the Midwest Region Independent men's basketball tournament at Avila College in Kansas City, Mo.
The Mustangs (23-11) qualified for the NAIA national tournament, which begins March 17 at Tulsa, Okla., for the fifth time in as many seasons under Coach Bill Oates.
Joclin Julmist, who had 12 points and seven rebounds for Masters, hit four free throws down the stretch.
The Master's 14-8, Northwestern College 0-7--Eric Fuller pitched the first no-hitter in school history in the first game, although it was called after five innings due to the mercy rule, and the Mustangs swept at The Master's.
Fuller, a junior right-hander from La Mirada High, struck out four and walked two.
The Mustangs (11-3) trailed, 7-1, after 2 1/2 innings in the second game but rallied for three runs in the third and four in the fourth.
Novits (2-2) allowed two earned runs, and struck out two.
Jeremy Sickles had two hits, including a double, and knocked in three runs for Northridge (12-15).
Pepperdine 5-5, Gonzaga 4-4--Dane Sardinha hit a home run in the 10th inning of the second game, and the Waves rallied from a 4-1 deficit to sweep a West Coast Conference-opening doubleheader at Pepperdine.
The Waves (11-9) rallied for two runs in the ninth inning of the opener. Josh Oder tripled home Chris Cosbey and Steve Zorn singled home Oder.
Oxnard 4, Hancock 3--Kevin Mellinger singled home Brent Egan to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fifth of a WSC North Division game at Oxnard.
Tom Manos (4-1) pitched a four-hitter for Oxnard (11-4, 4-1).
Moorpark 10, Ventura 9--Brian Fatur's two-out, two-strike, two-run double in the ninth gave the Raiders a WSC North Division victory at Moorpark.
Pat Rizzotti had three hits, including a home run and a double, and four RBIs for the Raiders (7-12, 3-2).
Andy Super had two hits and three RBIs for the Pirates (4-7, 1-4).
Valley 3-4, Pierce 2-14--Seth Barkley and Josh Harris each had four hits and the Brahmas (7-8, 3-3) won the second game to split a WSC South Division doubleheader at Valley.
Micah Berger hit a three-run home run in the second inning for Pierce.
In the first game, Lucas LaTouf singled home Steve Guerrero with the winning run for Valley (4-11, 2-4).
Canyons 15-5, Bakersfield 0-7--David Soto had seven hits and four RBIs but the Cougars (11-4, 3-3) lost the second game and split a WSC South Division doubleheader at Canyons.
The second game was called in the sixth inning because of darkness. It will not be completed unless it has a bearing on the conference standings.
Chelo Lopez hit a home run in each game for Northridge.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9, Cal Lutheran 0--The Stags (8-0, 5-0) won every set in a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match at Cal Lutheran (1-5, 0-5).
Texas A&M; 4, Pepperdine 1--Michael Jessup defeated Rafael de Mesa, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 1 singles but the No. 12 Waves (12-3) lost a rain-shortened match at Texas A&M; (5-2).