NIACC falls to Kirkwood in regional final

NIACC's Trey Sampson looks to drive to the basket in second half of Saturday's regional title game.
NIACC's Trey Sampson looks to drive to the basket in second half of Saturday's regional title game.

CEDAR RAPIDS - No. 7 NIACC dropped a 84-72 decision to Kirkwood in the NJCAA Region XI men's title game on Saturday afternoon.

Regional tournament MVP Doug Wilson scored 27 points with six rebounds and two blocked shots to lead top-seeded Kirkwood, which advances to the NJCAA Division II national tournament in Danivlle, Ill. March 19-23.

No. 2 Kirkwood (27-4) trailed 32-30 at the half and outscored the Trojans 54-40 in the second 20 minutes.

NIACC (25-5) was led by freshman point guard Quentin Hardrict with 15 points. James Harris scored 13 points, Wendell Matthews scored 12 points and Trey Sampson scored 10 points. Sampson led the Trojans with 10 rebounds for his second career double/double.

NIACC, which was playing in the regional title game for the first time since 1995, placed Hardrict and Sampson on the regional all-tournament team. The Trojans' Mark Mohl was selected as the regional coach of the year.

NIACC's 2018-19 season (25-5 overall)

DCTC 91, NIACC 80

NIACC 97, Bay College 77

Iowa Western 100, NIACC 76

NIACC 78, Marshalltown CC 73

NIACC 99, RCTC 67

NIACC 94, Southeastern CC 86

NIACC 109, Wartburg College JV 77

NIACC 101, DCTC 65

NIACC 105, Northeast CC 71

NIACC 108, Luther College JV 70

NIACC 104, Southwestern 81

NIACC 125, Mount Mercy JV 98

NIACC 86, Iowa Central 75

NIACC 106, DMACC 100

Kirkwood 83, NIACC 65

NIACC 108, St. Ambrose University Junior Varsity 72

NIACC 110, Little Priest Tribal College 85

NIACC 86, Ellsworth 74

NIACC 119, Iowa Lakes 110

NIACC 96, Southwestern 83

NIACC 95, Iowa Central 82

NIACC 95, Kirkwood 81

NIACC 121, Little Priest Tribal College 101

NIACC 109, Graceland University JV 53

NIACC 107, Iowa Lakes 94

NIACC 86, Ellsworth 64

DMACC 96, NIACC 89

NJCAA Region XI tournament

NIACC 114, Little Priest Tribal College 88

NIACC 90, Iowa Lakes 82

Kirkwood 84, NIACC 72

NIACC men move up to No. 14
December 18, 2018 NIACC men move up to No. 14
NIACC men play at DCTC
November 28, 2018 NIACC men play at DCTC
NIACC stops RCTC, 99-67
November 10, 2018 NIACC stops RCTC, 99-67