Hot shooting lifts Johnson past Maranatha men in third-place game

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Taylor Gilpin scored a game-high 26 points to push third-seeded Johnson University past the eighth-seeded Maranatha Baptist University men’s basketball team 101-86 in the NCCAA Division 2 national tournament third-place game Saturday.

Senior forward Matt Gill scored 17 points and grabbed 13 boards and senior forward Rob Sonnenberg chipped in 16 for the Sabercats.

Maranatha trailed by 12 points at halftime and shot 43 percent from the field.

Freshman forward Tyree Bruno had 13 points and freshman guard Aaron Sanders totaled 11 in a reserve role.

Johnson University went 15-for-38 from 3-point range and shot 46 percent from the field.

Maranatha finishes the season with a record of 16-11.

JOHNSON UNIVERSITY 101, MARANATHA BAPTIST 86

Maranatha          36           50           —           86

Johnson               48           53           —           101

Maranatha Baptist University (fg-ft-tp) — Sonnenberg 6-2-16, Wilkerson 2-2-7, Book 4-0-8, Lerma 1-0-3, Gill 7-1-17, Bruno 6-1-13, Steuerwald 0-2-2, Sanders 3-4-11, Millican 2-5-9. Totals 31 17-28 86.

Johnson University (fg-ft-tp) — Guillion 4-0-10, Grubb 2-2-7, Felder 3-2-9, Jones 4-2-11, Gilpin 7-9-26, Cody 1-2-5, Blaylock 3-0-8, McClain 3-0-9, Mashburn 3-3-10, Estacio 3-0-6. Totals 33 20-21 101.

Three-point goals — MBU, Gill 2, Sonnenberg 2, Wilkerson, Lerma, Sanders; JU, Gilpin 3, McClain 3, Gullion 2, Blaylock 2, Mashburn, Cody, Felder, Jones, Grubb.

Total fouls — MBU 18, JU 21.

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