The final year in which the Grand Canyon Antelopes aren't eligible for the NCAA nor the NIT tournaments, they are shining during the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament, as they put a show on during the second half to defeat Jackson State, 64-54, advancing to the quarter finals with an opponent to be determined.
Grand Canyon held off South Carolina State in the first round, 78-74, with Braun and Glaze combining for 31 points. The bench was huge for the Lopes as sophomores Matt Jackson and De'Andre Davis combined for 23. Jackson State held off Sam Houston State, in overtime, to make it to the second round, behind Chace Franklin, Junior, and Paris Collins, Sophomore, combining for 49.
The Lopes were ready for the high scoring duo, holding Franklin and Collins to 19 points. Franklin scored only 4 points and went 1-8 from the field. The Tigers shot a meager 41.8% as a team, while getting to the line only on five occasions, hitting two.
Braun had a bounce back game, of sorts, scoring 18 points on 3-7 shooting. Getting to the line 10 times was big for Joshua, as he was perfect from the line, propelling the Lopes play.
Since making the jump to Division 1, the Antelopes have played in two previous CIT Tournaments, losing to Pacific by two in 2014 and Northern Arizona by five during those appearances. These victories notched their first victories in a post-season appearance since the jump, and increase Dan Majere's record to 2-2.