Quakers advance to the NCAA Division III Third Round

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Quakers advance to the NCAA Division III Third Round

Guilford College men's basketball poses after winning the ODAC Tournament Championship 70-59 over Randolph-Macon College.

Guilford College men's basketball poses after winning the ODAC Tournament Championship 70-59 over Randolph-Macon College.

Andrew Walker

Guilford College men's basketball poses after winning the ODAC Tournament Championship 70-59 over Randolph-Macon College.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Guilford College men's basketball poses after winning the ODAC Tournament Championship 70-59 over Randolph-Macon College.

Guilford College men’s basketball advances to the Sweet Sixteenfor the first time since 2010. The Quakers beat Wittenberg University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship, 70-61, Saturday.

A packed crowd filled the Ragan-Brown Field House to watch the Quakers hold onto a lead over the Tigers.

Junior forward Kyler Gregory lead all scorers with 19 points and added 11 rebounds. Junior guard Jaylen Gore put in 12 points on seven-of-14 shooting. Senior forward Marcus Curry recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Wittenberg tied the game at 53 with 7:18 remaining on a three-pointer by Jake Betermes. After that the Quakers never relinquished the lead as they went on an 8-0 run.

In the final five minutes, the Quakers kept scoring and made free-throws. The closest Wittenberg got in the final minutes was three points. Gregory put an exclamation on the win after a putback dunk on a missed layup by Gore.

The Quakers dominated the rebounding over Sewanee to get to face Wittenberg and did it again against Wittenberg. Guilford won the battle of the boards 46-25.

Guilford also dominated points in the paint with 34 compared to the 16 for Wittenberg.

The last time the Quakers made it to the Third Round was in 2010. Guilford advanced all the way to the Final Four before falling to Williams College. It will be the fourth time head coach Tom Palombo has reached the Sweet Sixteen in his 16th season.

Guilford will play the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) who beat defending national championship Nebraska Wesleyan University, 70-58, at The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The game time will be at 4:30 p.m. (CST) on Friday, Mar. 8.