Men’s basketball advances to next round in NCAA Regionals
The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team faced off against Ashland University on Saturday, March 12, at DeSimone Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Hounds won 77-60, an upset over No. 10 Ashland. The win advances the team to the second round of NCAA Midwest Regional on Sunday.
The Greyhounds scored six points before Ashland got on the board. UIndy continued to score, and the Eagles could not get on the scoreboard again until 14:14, making the score 17-4. The Hounds maintained the lead throughout the first half, heading into the locker room with a 39-25 lead. The Hounds maintained the lead throughout the second half, allowing the Eagles to come within six points, 47-41, at 14:39.
Senior guards Joe Retic and Jordan Loyd ended the game with 21 points apiece. Senior forward Tyler Rambo also finished in double-digit scoring with 12 points. Junior forward/center Ernest Maize and Loyd had 10 rebounds each. Loyd believes that the teams defense had an impact on the Hounds scoring.
“It [scoring] probably started with our rebound[ing],” Loyd said. “…Ernest Maize, I tip my hat off to him, he did a great job rebounding.”
According to Retic, the team was ready for the game
“We came out high. We were really motivated for this game,” he said. “Earlier this year, they got us; and that gave us a lot of motivation. We were prepared for them, and I feel like we came out and handled business.”
The last time the two teams met was Nov. 14 during the regular season in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/Great Lakes Valley Conference Challenge. The Eagles beat the Greyhounds 75-67. Loyd said the difference between that game in November and this game may have been where they played.
“We’re just happy to get them [Ashland] on a neutral floor,” Loyd said. “Last time, we played them at their house; so it was a bit of a tougher game.”
Retic said the team was motivated by the loss to Ashland earlier in the year.
“We came out high. We were really motivated for this game,” Retic said. “Earlier this year, they got us; and that gave us a lot of motivation. We were prepared for them, and I feel like we came out and handled business”.
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Stan Gouard said that the Greyhounds had been preparing for this game for a while
“I am really proud of my guys for the way we turned things around. We stressed all week about things we did bad in game one at their place,” Gouard said. “We shot 40 free throws, 16 offensive rebounds, and they got into the paint at will. So tonight, I mean, this is what we practiced. I feel like the guys were locked in.
“We did a lot of really good things to start the game, and I think part of the problem all year has been finishing games down the stretch. As you can see, we got a lead; [and] they came back. But once we went into the second half, we did a pretty good job of keeping our feet on the gas pedal and not letting those guys get back into the game.”
With the win, the Greyhounds move on to play No. 7 Ferris State in the semifinals of the NCAA Midwest Regionals. The game is today, Sunday, March 13. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.