An 11-0 run late in the first half gave West Liberty a lead they would never surrender. The number-one ranked in NCAA II Hilltoppers beat Winona State 110-84 in the national quarterfinal round played at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
A pair of free throws by Taylor Cameron gave the Warriors a 34-32 lead before West Liberty went on that game changing run.
Despite 12 first half turnovers, Winona State was able to hang around trailing 50-41 at halftime. Clayton Vette chipped in 12 points in the opening 20 minutes.
Vette, the NABC Division II National Player of the Year, was held to only two points the entire second half. "They had a smaller guard guarding me in the second half. The way they play doesn't really suit my game."
Cameron led all Warriors with 18 points. His 5-point run in the second half pulled his team within 6 with the score 59-53. But once again, West Liberty went on an 11-0 run which sealed the game as the Hilltoppers built a lead as big as 31 points.
"We knew they were going to come at us, random traps here and there," said Cameron. "It's a tough way to play, they play well that way and you have to give the credit to them."