- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

SALEM, VA. (AP) - Sean Wallis scored 11 straight points in a 16-0 run as defending national champion Washington of Missouri broke open a close game and beat Guilford College 77-58 in the semifinals on the NCAA Division III national semifinals.

Washington (28-2), located in St. Louis, had seen its 11-point second-half lead cut to five before Wallis scored on a reverse layup and then hit three consecutive 3-pointers in a span of just 1:19. Aaron Thompson added one of his eight 3s and Tyler Nading scored inside to finish the run, which out the Bears up 62-41.

Clay Henson hit five 3-pointers and led Guilford (25-6) with 23 points. The Quakers were making their first appearance in the semifinals, and the Bears’ were in their third straight.

Thompson scored 30 points and was 8-for-12 on 3-pointers.

Bears will play either Franklin & Marshall or Richard Stockton for the championship Saturday.

Washington led 39-26 at halftime and was ahead 43-30 until Henson hit two free throws for the Quakers, sparking an 11-3 run that pulled them within 46-41 with 12:51 to play. Henson hit the last two of his five 3-pointers and scored 10 of the 11 points in the surge.

But Wallis, who scored 15, stopped it with his layup, and 3 1/2 minutes later, the Bears were in command.

A 21-7 run gave Washington a 28-12 lead 7:55 before the break. Thompson hit three of his four first-half 3s during the burst. His fourth one ended a 7-1 spurt by Guilford.

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