Employing a two-unit substitution system, the Monroe Mustangs survived a scare from a plucky Spartanburg Methodist (SC) team to win 67-61 in the third round of the NJCAA Division I Men's National Basketball Tournament being played this week in Hutcinson, KS. The 32-4 Mustangs will play the fifth-place game on Saturday at 2:00pm (3:00pm NY time). It will be Monroe's final game of the season. Box Score Read about it in an SC newspaper Read about it in the Hutchinson News
Thursday's contest was Monroe's third national playoff game in three days and Monroe coach Jeff Brustad went to his bench extensively to give his starters a chance to regain their energy after two grueling games against top-ten teams in the first two rounds.