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NJCAA Game 1: North Central Missouri xx, United Tribes Tech xx

Mar. 18—DANVILLE — Playing the first game of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 9 a.m. on Monday morning can be a difficult proposition for college-age players.

North Central Missouri didn't have any problem.

The Pirates (26-6) were seemingly hitting on all cylinders as they defeated United Tribes Technical College Thunderbirds 93-72 in a first-round game at the Mary Miller Center.

"Our guys were awake and ready to go this morning," North Central Missouri coach Jeremy Esry said. "This is a good way to get the tournament started."

Freshman Tyler King had a game-high 28 points for North Central Missouri. It is his fifth straight 20-point game and the 20th time this season that the 6-foot-4 guard from St. Louis has scored 20 or more points for the Pirates.

Joining him in double figures on Monday were sophomore Isaiah Reams with 15, freshman Jon Carroll had 12 and freshman Giovani Mack chipped in with 10. Reams also finished with a game-high 7 assists in the winning effort.

United Tribes, which was making its first appearance in Danville since 2002, had three players score in double figures. Cayden Redfield had a team-high 16, Mark Fassett came off the bench to score 12 and Houston Davis finished with 11.

North Central Missouri advances to play fourth-seeded Macomb in the second round. That game is set for a 9 a.m. tipoff on Tuesday.

North Central Missouri 93, United Tribes Technical 72

United Tribes (72) — Teal Soaring Eagle 2-4 0-0 6, Jacolby Pearson 205 202 6, Trae Hugs 0-2 0-0 0, Houston Davis 4-8 3-4 11, Cayden Redfield 5-17 4-6 16, Adriano Rama 1-1 0-0 3, Kupkana Leavitt 0-0 0-0 0, Ty Moccasin 2-4 1-2 5, Riyen Carlow 1-1 0-0 3, James Richards 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Fassett 5-10 0-0 12, Riley Spoonhunter 1-8 0-0 3, Hudda Curry 3-4 1-2 7. Totals: 26-64 11-16 72.

North Central Missouri (93) — Joe Clark 3-4 1-2 7, Giovanni Mack 7-14 4-4 18, Isaiah Reams 7-15 0-0 15, Jon Carroll 4-8 4-6 12, Tyler King 11-20 2-4 28, Mikey Thomas 1-1 0-0 2, Jeadan Nieveld 0-0 0-0 0, Jakorie Terrill 3-4 1-1 7, Jamaal Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Khalil Screen 2-2 0-1 4, Roman Phillips 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 38-70 12-18 93.

United Tribes '29 '43 '— '72

North Central Missouri '41 '52 '— '93

3-pointers — United Tribes 9-29 (Eagle 2-4, Redfield 2-7, Fassett 2-5, Rama 1-1, Spoonhunter 1-6, Pearson 0-3, Hugs 0-2). North Central Missouri 5-13 (King 4-7, Reams 1-3, Clark 0-1, Mack 0-2). Rebounds — United Tribes 35 (Redfield 7). North Central Missouri 41 (Reams 9, Carroll 9). Assists — United Tribes 16 (Hugs 3, Davis 3, Fassett 3). North Central Missouri 19 (Reams 7). Turnovers — United Tribes 14, North Central Missouri 11.

Records — United Tribes 18-13 overall. North Central Missouri 26-6.