Guilford gets 28 from Bonner and Sanborn goes for 16/17 double-double as Quakers roll in DIII playoffs

*Greensboro, N.C. (3/5/10) **– **Rhett Bonner* scored 28 points, including 8 three-pointers, to pace No. 3-ranked Guilford College to an 83-59 home victory over Christopher Newport University (Va.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship March 5.

The Quakers advance to a second-round matchup with John Carroll University(Ohio) March 6 at 7 p.m. The Blue Streaks defeated Maryville (Tenn.) College 88-67 in the other first-round game. Guilford won an NCAA third-round game at John Carroll 78-73 last season.

Leading by only 43-35 with less than a minute elapsed in the second half, Guilford went on a 13-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 56-37 advantage. *Clay Henson’s* layup at the 15:42 mark capped the run.

The Quakers then pulled away for good on a 16-5 run fueled by four three-pointers including two by Bonner. A pair of free throws by *Tyler Sanborn* with 6:27 left pushed the lead to 74-49.

Bonner scored 14 points in each half as he equaled his season-high point total. He hit 8-of-10 shots from behind the arc (the Quakers were 12-for-15). Sanborn added 16 points and 17 rebounds—his 26th double-double of the season. Henson added 11 points and *Brad Monroe*, a career-high 10 rebounds.

Conley Taylor led Christopher Newport with 15 points and *Mark Blasingame*added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Guilford improves to 27-2 by winning its ninth NCAA Tournament game in 12 tries over four seasons. The Quakers finished third nationally last year. They are on an eight-game winning streak including three victories to capture the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend.

Christopher Newport finished 15-13. They earned an NCAA berth by upsetting top-seeded N.C. Wesleyan College in the USA South Tournament finals.

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Newspaper Box Score
Christopher Newport vs Guilford
03/05/20 8:10 p.m. at Greensboro, NC – Ragan-Brown Field House
At Greensboro, NC – Ragan-Brown Field House
GUILFORD 83, CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT 59
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT (15-13)
TAYLOR, Conley 7-14 0-2 15; BLASINGAME, Mark 5-9 2-4 12; RUSSELL, Josh 3-9
1-1 10; HERMANN, Brian 3-9 1-1 7; BAKER, Theo 2-6 0-0 5; PARHAM, Xavier 2-4
0-0 5; GOING, Paul 1-4 0-0 3; CAPIN, Jake 1-1 0-0 2; CLARKSON, Will 0-1 0-0
0; FARRIS, Loren 0-0 0-0 0; GREEN, Mike 0-0 0-0 0; PRESTON, Matt 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 24-58 4-8 59.
GUILFORD (27-2)
BONNER, Rhett 10-13 0-0 28; SANBORN, Tyler 5-11 6-7 16; HENSON, Clay 4-13
3-3 11; PITTMAN, Josh 3-6 0-0 9; ANDERSON, T.C. 1-3 4-4 7; AKINSOLA, Tobi
2-3 0-0 4; STEPHENSON, Martin 2-4 0-0 4; MONROE, Brad 1-5 1-2 3; LOWDER,
Gabriel 0-2 1-2 1; TRACY, Travis 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 15-18 83.
Christopher Newport……….. 30 29 – 59
Guilford…………………. 40 43 – 83

3-point goals–Christopher Newport 7-24 (RUSSELL, Josh 3-8; PARHAM, Xavier
1-3; BAKER, Theo 1-2; TAYLOR, Conley 1-3; GOING, Paul 1-4; CLARKSON, Will
0-1; PRESTON, Matt 0-1; HERMANN, Brian 0-2), Guilford 12-25 (BONNER, Rhett
8-10; PITTMAN, Josh 3-5; ANDERSON, T.C. 1-3; TRACY, Travis 0-1; HENSON, Clay
0-6). Fouled out–Christopher Newport-None, Guilford-None.
Rebounds–Christopher Newport 27 (BLASINGAME, Mark 11), Guilford 46
(SANBORN, Tyler 17). Assists–Christopher Newport 12 (GOING, Paul 4),
Guilford 18 (BONNER, Rhett 6). Total fouls–Christopher Newport 18, Guilford
13. Technical fouls–Christopher Newport-None, Guilford-None. A-2100
NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament First-Round Game

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics

1 comment

  1. Good to see you last night Andy. I hope the Quakers prevail and perhaps get yet another home game. Cant go tonight.

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