By Matt Bos, Media Coordinator
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.- No. 4 Davenport (Mich.) moved one step closer to its first-ever trip to the semifinals as the Panthers defeated No. 14 Indiana Southeast, 80-52, in the second round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship. The 2012 event is being played at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
The Panthers left no doubt as they outscored IUSE 14-4 to start the game and led by 20 by halftime, 38-18, after two free throws by DeArmond Davis. Davenport overwhelmed IUSE defensively, forcing nine turnovers and limiting the Grenadiers to 0-for-10 from the three-point line in the first half.
IUSE scored five of the first six points of the second half to get within 15, but Davenport quickly put the game out of reach with a 15-2 run and led by 20 or more points the rest of the game.
Five Davenport players scored in double figures led by JaVontae Ford with 17. James Humphrey scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds while both Damacious White and James Nelson with 12. The Panthers dominated the boards, holding a 39-18 advantage, led by Lonnie Fairfax with nine. Davenport shot 50% for the game, 53% from the three-point line.
Indiana University Southeast shot 39% for the game and was led by Brice Mitchell with 12 points. The Grenadiers season comes to a close with a 26-8 record.
Davenport improves to 31-4 on the season and will play either No. 6 Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) or Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.