March 12, 2007
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SOUTHWEST MEN WIN TJCCAA/NJCAA REGION VII TITLE
Release written by Keith Gentry
Tournament MVP Donald Boone scored 24 points to lead 16th-ranked
Southwest to a 98-80 win over Cleveland State in the championship game
of the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament on Sunday afternoon in
Gallatin, Tennessee. A.J. Nance, also an all-tournament selection, added
17 points for the Saluqis, now 26-5 on the season. Other double figure
scorers for Southwest were James Hooper with 14 and Greg Grimes with 12.
Hooper also led the Saluqis with seven rebounds and five assists.
Boone was outstanding throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 64
points in the three games for an average of 21.3 per game. In addition
to Boone, Nance (18.0), Grimes (12.0), and Hooper (11.7) also averaged
at least ten points for the three games. Grimes was the Saluqis’ top
rebounder with a 7.7 average and Hooper led in assists also with an
average of 7.7.
After entering the tournament as the number one seed by winning the
regular season Western Division title, Southwest defeated Walters State
93-76 in the quarterfinals and Columbia State 93-86 in the semifinals to
reach the championship game.
The region title was the tenth for Southwest and the ninth for Coach
Verties Sails including fourth in the past seven years. The Saluqis
finished 11th in last year’s NJCAA national tournament and their highest
finish ever was in 1998 when they were tournament runner-up.
Southwest will represent the TJCCAA and Region VII in the NJCAA National
Tournament on March 20-24 in Hutchinson, Kansas.