Offensive Onslaught by #1 Monroe Sinks #5 Mesa, 87-71: T-Birds to Play for 3rd Place vs Highland Saturday

Mesa's Diamond Fuller looks to score in Friday's Final Four matchup with Monroe. (Photo by Aaron Webster)
Mesa's Diamond Fuller looks to score in Friday's Final Four matchup with Monroe. (Photo by Aaron Webster)

Harrison, AR - Hopes of winning the NJCAA DII National Championship were dashed Friday night for the Mesa Thunderbirds as they were defeated by the #1 Monroe Tribunes, 87-71.

Connecting on 46 percent (27-58) of their field goals and knocking down 13 three's, Monroe's offensive attack just couldn't be contained.  Mesa trailed after the first quarter, 29-21, but a six point second quarter inevitable doomed what would be a late fourth comeback attempt.  The Tribunes would take a 45-27 lead into halftime.

Mesa would shoot 15-29 (51%) in the second half, connecting on four three-pointers with Diamond Fuller being the leading scorer for Mesa with 16 points.

With the loss, Mesa will now play in the 3rd place game against the #3 Highland Scotties, out of Highland, KS.  Game time will be at 5 pm CT, 3 pm AZ time.

 

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