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Geneva 60, Minnesota-Morris 50

March 15, 1995

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Troy Nesmith scored a game-high 24 points Wednesday to lead Geneva past Minnesota-Morris 60-50 in a first-round game at the NAIA men’s tournament.

Nesmith scored 14 points in the first half to lead the Tornadoes (26-5) to a 27-16 halftime lead. Geneva built its lead up to 48-28 midway through the second half before the Cougars (20-9) rallied to trail 54-49 with 2:16 left.

A basket by Nesmith 30 seconds later ended the Cougars’ comeback bid.

Todd Hanson led Minnesota-Morris with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Poor shooting plagued both teams as Geneva sank 40 percent (19-47) of its field goal attempts while Minnesota-Morris made only 26 percent (14-54).

The victory was the third for Geneva in seven NAIA tournament appearances. Geneva advances to play top-seeded Belmont of Tennessee in the second round Thursday night.

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