The Grace College mens basketball team was upended in the second half Monday night, losing 79-58 to William Penn in the semifinals of the NAIA Division II National Championships.
It was tied at 36 at halftime, but No. 1 William Penn (Iowa) outscored the Lancers 43-22 in the second half. The stretch began with a James Devlin jumper and a Keith Steffeck three-pointer in Point Lookout, Mo.
Steffeck led William Penn (34-1) with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds.
Devlin had 17 points. Teammate Brandon Beasley scored 15 points with 12 rebounds.
Grace (24-10) was paced by 15 points from Greg Miller and 14 from Bruce Grimm Jr.
Karl Columbus and Elliot Smith both scored 13 for the Lancers, whose shooting went from 40.6 percent in the first half to 22.9 percent in the second.
William Penn will play Cardinal Stritch today in the championship game.
No. 1 GONZAGA 65, SAINT MARYS 51: In Las Vegas, Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Bulldogs (31-2) bolstered their case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament by routing the Gaels (27-6) in the West Coast Conference final. Elias Harris added 19 points for Gonzaga.
Stephen Holt led Saint Marys, which should have a solid enough résumé to earn an NCAA bid.
No. 1 BAYLOR 75, No. 23 IOWA STATE 47: In Dallas, Brittney Griner scored 31 points as the Bears won their third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship. In a matchup of the Big 12s top two seeds, the Bears (32-1) and their 6-foot-8 senior star easily earned another trophy in their dominating run through the conference.
Odyssey Sims added 20 points for Baylor. Anna Prins had 20 points for the Cyclones (23-8).
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 64, No. 22 SYRACUSE 51: In Hartford, Conn., Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points as the Huskies beat the Orange in the Big East tournament semifinals.
The Huskies (29-3) led by 15 at the half, but uncharacteristically couldnt pull away.
Kayla Alexander scored 14 to lead the Orange (24-7).