LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ New Hampshire College couldn’t pass Southern Indiana’s conditioning test.
Cortez Barnes’ 3-pointer ignited a 17-3 run in the first half as fifth-ranked Southern Indiana ran to a 108-93 victory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national tournament Wednesday night.
``Coach (Bruce Pearl) wanted to see who was in better condition,″ said Southern Indiana forward Chad Gilbert, who finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. ``Our style is playing up and down.″
Southern Indiana (27-4) will play No. 12 Norfolk State, an 85-67 winner over No. 2 Alabama A&M, in Thursday night’s semifinals.
Southern Indiana, scoring 32 points off New Hampshire’s 20 turnovers, shot 53 percent (40-for-75) from the field. The Penmen made 56 percent (36-for-64) of their shots.
``Our depth was a factor,″ Pearl said. ``We had too many guns. We did a good job of controlling the game in the second half with our offense.″
New Hampshire (27-6), the Northeast Region champion, trailed 22-21 on a fast-break layup by Shawon Moncrief with 9:20 remaining in the half.
Ten seconds later, Barnes connected on a 3 from the right wing to start the spurt that ended at 6:36 on Larry Eady’s two free throws for a 39-24 lead for Southern Indiana. Eady scored six points and Neil Coyle had four in the run.
New Hampshire sliced a 52-38 halftime deficit to 82-77 on Baris Kacar’s layup with 7:25 to go but couldn’t get any closer to the Great Lakes Region champs. Southern Indiana finished the game with a 17-9 run.
``It’s tough when you have to come back against a team that plays 10 to 12 guys,″ New Hampshire coach Stan Spirou said. ``We paid the price by falling behind in the first half. I knew these kids would came back because they never quit.″
Seven Southern Indiana players scored in double figures, led by Barnes with 19, Marc Hostgetter and Brian Huebner with 16 apiece and Gilbert 15.
``Everybody contributed,″ Gilbert said. ``That pays off when you have all the talented guns we have. That’s what makes us such a good team.″
Scott Smith paced New Hampshire with 25 points and Kacar added 20.