Devron Bostick Held to Nine in Region Finals

Gopher basketball signee Devron Bostick was held to just nine points as NJCAA's No. 16-ranked Southwestern Illinois fell to Southeastern Illinois in the Region 24 championship game 59-55, snapping the Blue Storm's five-game win streak. Southwestern had beated their rival 82-55 and 64-62 during the regular season. Bostick was recently named Great Rivers Conference and Region 24 Player of the Year.

Southeastern Illinois (27-6) led 29-19 at halftime, but Southwestern battled back and took a five-point lead with five-and-a-half minutes to play.

Southeastern Illinois guard Kyle Oldham hit back-to-back three-pointers to tie the score 54-54. T.J. Marion made two free throws to put the Falcons up 56-54 with 30 seconds left. Joey Parker made one of two free throw to cut the score to 56-55 with 17 seconds showing. Marion again made two free throws with 13 seconds to go, giving the Falcons a three-point lead. Josh Harrellson missed on a three-point attempt with eight seconds left, forcing the Blue Storm to foul 6-4 sophomore Andree Wilson, who sewed it up with one of two free shots.

Southeastern Illinois will be making its third trip to NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., the first since 2004 when the Falcons took fourth.

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