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New Haven outrebounds Northrop 48-36; wins semifinals

MARION – New Haven got 24 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots from 6-foot-10 junior center Steve McElvene to lead the Bulldogs to a 65-60 victory over Northrop in the semifinals of the Class 4A regional at Marion on Saturday.

McElvene, who was 11 of 18 from the floor without a turnover, scored from close range with 54 seconds remaining to break a 60-60 tie, then blocked a three-point attempt by the Bruins' Antonio Richmond.

"I thought that was a big play in the game," New Haven coach Al Gooden said.

Notre Dame-bound forward V.J. Beachem, who had 19 points despite going 1 of 10 from three-point range, dropped two free throws with 20.7 seconds left, and Monte Stevenson, who had five assists and three steals, added another free throw with 10.5 seconds left.

New Haven trailed 19-10 after the first quarter and didn't regain the lead until Beachem put the Bulldogs (18-5) ahead 51-50 with a pair of free throws with 4:34 left.

"I'm proud of my young men," Northrop coach Barak Coolman said. "We played extremely hard and di some things well. We struggled in some areas, obviously. Their size hurt us."

New Haven outrebounded the Bruins (19-8) 48-36.

Bruins senior Bryson Scott, who fell to the floor near the three-point line at the conclusion of the game and was helped off the court, sobbing, had 27 points and 17 rebounds for Northrop. Twin brother Brenton Scott added 22 points.

New Haven will play Carmel at 8 p.m. tonight. Carmel defeated Kokomo 60-47.