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Eastern ends historic basketball season with fourth place finish at national tournament

3/26/2012

WILBURTON, OK (March 26, 2012) – The Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers completed a historic basketball season with a fourth place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament last weekend in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Mountaineers finished with 32 wins and five losses. No other team in Eastern’s history has accomplished such a record.

“I applaud those who made it to Dunalp Field House for a game this season and feel sorry for those who missed out on seeing this team play,” said Coach Scott Edgar. “I have never seen a more courageous group of guys in all my years as a coach.”

The eighth-ranked Mountaineers opened the tournament on March 20 against the fourth-ranked Golden Eagles of Southern Idaho. Eastern defeated the defending national champions 76-69. The next day, the Mountaineers defeated Spartanburg Methodist College 78-70 to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament.

The Mountaineers suffered their first loss of the tournament on March 23 in a 75-95 contest against the top-ranked South Plains College, the eventual national champions and only undefeated team in the NJCAA. Eastern finished up the tournament with a 62-76 loss to Seward County Community College.

Out of 207 teams in the NJCAA Division I, only 16 teams qualified for the national tournament. Sophomore Marcus Tarrance was one of 12 players named to the All-Tournament Team.

This was the Mountaineers first national tournament appearance since 1961. That team finished third and had an overall record of 24-5.

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