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Kirkwood men's basketball will play for national title Saturday

Eagles beat Erie 84-70 in Friday's NJCAA D-II semifinals

Kirkwood’s Devonte Thedford drives against Erie during Friday’s NJCAA Division II men’s basketball semifinal game at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Ill. (NJCAA.org)
Kirkwood’s Devonte Thedford drives against Erie during Friday’s NJCAA Division II men’s basketball semifinal game at the Mary Miller Center in Danville, Ill. (NJCAA.org)

DANVILLE, Ill. — The Kirkwood men’s basketball team advanced to the NJCAA Division II championship game by beating Erie 84-70 in a semifinal game Friday night at the Mary Miller Center.

The Eagles shot 78.3 percent in the first half (18 of 23), including 6 of 7 from 3-point range, building a 50-29 lead, then held on over the final 20 minutes.

Doug Wilson led Kirkwood (30-4) with 27 points. Allante Pickens added 17 points and Luke Appel chipped in 10 points.

Kyle Harris had 18 points to lead Erie (27-5).

The Eagles play Johnson County, which defeated Cecil 81-78 in the semifinals, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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