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UMAC basketball teams set to battle for NCAA Tournament berth

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Four teams became two in both the men's and women's UMAC Basketball Tournament semifinals on Wednesday evening. 

In men's action the No. 1 seed Northwestern College outlasted the fourth-seeded University of Minnesota, Morris 83-80 to give the Eagles a berth in Saturday's tournament championship game on their home court.  The Eagles will face second-seeded Bethany Lutheran College who defeated North Central University 83-67 in Wednesday's semifinal.  The Eagles and the Vikings will meet in Saturday's UMAC Tournament Championship for the second straight year with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament.  Tipoff if scheduled for 7 p.m. in St. Paul.

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The women's semifinals featured upsets in which the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds were eliminated from the tournament.  Third-seeded Martin Luther College earned a spot in Saturday's UMAC Tournament Championship by defeating No. 2 seed Northwestern College 78-72.  In the second women's semifinal of the evening the fourth-seeded College of St. Scholastica outlasted the UMAC regular-season champion and top seed Minnesota Morris in an overtime thriller by a final score of 83-78.  The Knights and Saints will meet in Saturday's championship game at 7 p.m. on Martin Luther's home court with the winner earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

2012-13 UMAC MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, February 20 - Semifinals 

#1 Northwestern College def. #4 University of Minnesota Morris, 83-80

[box score | Northwestern recap | Minnesota Morris recap]

#2 Bethany Lutheran College def. #3 North Central University, 83-67

[box score | Bethany Lutheran recap North Central recap]

Saturday, February 23 - Championship

#2 Bethany Lutheran College at #1 Northwestern College, 7 p.m. [video | stats]

2012-13 UMAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, February 20 - Semifinals 

#4 College of St. Scholastica def. #1 Univerisity of Minnesota Morris, 83-78 (OT)

[box score | St. Scholastica recap | Minnesota Morris recap]

#3 Martin Luther College def. #2 Northwestern College, 78-72

[box score | Martin Luther recap | Northwestern recap]

Saturday, February 23 - Championship

#4 College of St. Scholastica at #3 Martin Luther College, 7 p.m. [video | stats]

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