For the first time in three years, Saint Francis will not be in the championship game of the NAIA Division II men’s basketball tournament.
The Cougars (23-13) were eliminated from the tournament Saturday afternoon, losing to No. 2-ranked Oregon Tech (32-4) 100-67 at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
Saint Francis, which won the tournament in 2010 then lost in the 2011 championship game, trailed at the half 52-33 and was unable to catch up. The Cougars were out-rebounded, 42-21.
Ethan Hussey led Saint Francis with 19 points, and Qadr Owens had 14.