HUTCHINSON, KAN.- Itawamba Community College saw its hopes of making its first Final Four appearance in school history disappear as the No. 14 Indians lost 69-47 to No. 11 Coffeyville in Thursday's championship bracket game.
The Indians (27-5) saw an early 10-4 lead evaporate as they went nine minnutes without scoring in the first half. Coffeyville (33-4) then went on a 28-3 run to lead 32-14. Daniel Payne had 15 of those 28 points, with all five of his baskets coming from wide open looks.
"Obviously, we started well and then we got into a shooting slump...but Coffeyville had a lot to do with that," said ICC head coach Marty Cooper. "What I can't accept is that for the last day and a half we talked about rotating after our trap and we didn't rotate tonight. We let their best player have three wide open 3's in a row and he nailed them all."
Payne led all scorers with 17 points, while Tim Green and Justin Duke led ICC with 11 and 7 points respectively.
ICC plays the loser of Seminole State-Midland at 3p.m. today.
"This tournament is all about seeing how you can respond after a loss," Cooper said.
ICC can finish no worse than 12th in the nation and with a win Friday they can finish in the top eight.