College of Idaho men's basketball loses in first round of NAIA Division II national tournament

March 12, 2014 

The College of Idaho, ranked No. 2 in NAIA Division II, lost to host College of the Ozarks 88-84 in the first round of the 32-team men's basketball national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo.

Alex Santiago scored 24 points for the Bobcats, who became the first team to knock off a No. 2 seed in the first round since 1993 when then-host Northwest Nazarene did it to Grace.

College of the Ozarks shot a season-best 61 percent from the field in knocking off the Coyotes, who had won 15 straight games. College of Idaho, under first-year coach Scott Garson, went 28-6 and won the Cascade Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

College of the Ozarks led by 13 at halftime. The Coyotes cuts it to two points twice in the second half. Demetrius Perkins' 3-point attempt in the final seconds rimmed out. It would have tied the game.

Perkins scored a team-high 21 points.

College of Idaho was seeking its first national championship since 1996, when current athletic director Marty Holly led the school to its only men's basketball national crown.

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