NAIA: Northwest advances

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POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. — Northwest University advanced to the second round of the NAIA Div. II Men’s Basketball Championship, leading early to win 79-71 and eliminating defending champion Cornerstone.

The Eagles built nearly a 20-point halftime lead before fighting off a late Cornerstone rally to advance to Friday’s round of 16 against Northwestern (Iowa). The game starts at 4:00 PM Central Time.

Jordan Call led four Eagles players in double figures with 21 points, missing only three shots the entire game. Northwest shot 28-of-57 as a team, including nine three-pointers.

Rich Skillman added 17 points for NU, with Ryan Dornik and Michael Greene combining for 21 more.