The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team advanced to the NAIA Final Four with a quarterfinal win on Saturday. The Rams play Monday night for a shot at the title game. Bill Wippert AP
The Texas Wesleyan men’s basketball team advanced to the NAIA Final Four with a quarterfinal win on Saturday. The Rams play Monday night for a shot at the title game. Bill Wippert AP

Men's Basketball

Texas Wesleyan men advance to NAIA Final Four

By Stephen Schroats

sschroats@star-telegram.com

March 18, 2017 11:16 PM

UPDATED March 19, 2017 12:14 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Senior point guard Dion Rogers scored a game-high 22 points to lead five Texas Wesleyan players in double figures in an 82-73 victory over Dalton (Ga.) State College in a quarterfinal game of the NAIA Div. I men’s basketball tournament Saturday night in Kansas City.

The victory sends the Rams (27-7) into the tournament’s Final Four.

Texas Wesleyan will play in Monday 8 p.m. semifinal against William Penn (33-3) of Iowa, which defeated Langston (Okla.) College 84-80 in another quarterfinal match Saturday.

The other semifinal pairing, at 6 p.m. Monday, has unbeaten LSU Alexandria (34-0) against Life University (25-10) out of Marietta, Ga.

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Texas Wesleyan scored first and was able to keep Dalton at arm’s length, closing the first half on a 10-2 charge to establish a 41-35 advantage. TWU led by as many as 12 points during the game but trailed only twice, for a combined 30 seconds.

The Rams finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field, including 5-of-17 from 3-point range.

In addition to Rogers’ 22 points, Ryan Harris and Najeal Young each had 19 while Naiel Smith and Trevon Jeffery scored 10 apiece. Smith added eight assists while Young led the team with nine rebounds.

Texas Wesleyan’s men won the men’s NAIA basketball championship in 2006.