HUTCHINSON, KAN. – Wallace State’s men’s basketball dropped its opening-round game in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I national tournament Tuesday night, falling 71-52 to Seward County (Kan.) CC at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.
Seward County snapped Wallace State’s impressive run in March, handing the Lions (19-16) their first loss since Feb. 23.
Wallace State trailed 36-22 at halftime, but battled back in the second half, trimming the deficit to 44-42 with 10:22 remaining after a Jacquise Moore 3-pointer. Seward County answered back with an 8-0 run over the next five minutes and eventually pulled away.
Moore led Wallace State in the loss with 15 points and six rebounds. Jamalcolm Griffin and Jeremy McKay each scored nine points and Jay Murphy added seven points and four assists.
Seward County (29-6) had three players finish with double figures. Daveon Boardingham led the way with 23 points, Trey Starks had 16 and Irvin Hollinger pitched in 10.
Wallace State resumes tournament action on Thursday at noon, playing Gordon (Ga.) College in a consolation game.
Wallace State advanced to the NJCAA Division I tournament after earning the ACCC/Region 22 title on March 10.