LAKELAND (CBSMiami) – Barry University men’s basketball team lost to Delta State in the opening round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament on Saturday.
The Statesmen beat the Bucaneers 82-77 in overtime. The was Barry’s fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Buccaneers finished the season with a 19-9 record.
“I’m really proud of our basketball team,” said first-year coach Butch Estes, according to barry.edu. “I felt like we were in a position numerous times in the last two or three minutes of regulation and even midway through the overtime where we could have (won the game). We had opportunities which might have turned the game in our favor, but unfortunately we didn’t get the break.”
It was Barry’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years. Delta State improved to 15-13 all-time in 15 NCAA Tournament appearances. Third-seeded Delta State (25-6) advances to Sunday’s South Regional semifinals to play second-seeded Saint Leo.
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