BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield College men's basketball team were all smiles Sunday evening after defeating the Warriors from Merrimack College, 109-91 in the NCAA Division II East Region Semifinals on the campus of LeMoyne College. The Bears used their highest offensive output of the season to advance to the tournament's Sweet 16 and earned the right to play in the region's Championship game Tuesday on Ted Grant Court.
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) representatives with the 7th seed move on to face the tournament's regional hosts and top-seeded Dolphins after their 67-63 win over The College of Saint Rose in Saturday evening's nightcap. Bloomfield will make their third appearance in the regional championship game, first since 2012, and remain the only CACC men's basketball team to capture the coveted crown after a win in 2011.
The Bears led the semifinal match up from wire to wire and came out shooting at a blistering pace, digging the Warriors a 15-4 hole to start off the game. Bloomfield shot 52 percent from the field (19-of-36) in the opening half fueled by the trio of Nick Davidson (Lumberton, NJ), Matt Lajeunesse (Union, NJ) and Keith Washington (Philadelphia, PA).
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"Today was something special to watch," Coach Holmes said, who earned his 300th win. "To see the team put together such an offensive display and play together as a unit was a great step for the program. Now we are a game away from attaining one of our team goals and I am excited for the guys to have that opportunity."
The Bears are now set to compete for the East Region Championship Today.