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Barry University falls 93-75 in Division II Elite Eight

Yunio Barrueta, left, shown in a previous game, had a stellar game but Barry University lost to Lincoln Memorial in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Yunio Barrueta, left, shown in a previous game, had a stellar game but Barry University lost to Lincoln Memorial in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Miami Herald Staff

Yunio Barrueta had with 26 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and a steal in his final college game but it wasn’t enough as Barry University fell 93-75 to Lincoln Memorial in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas.

The Buccaneers finished with a school-record 26 wins, and claimed the NCAA South Region championship as well as a co-championship in the Sunshine State Conference regular season.

“It was a great run for Barry University,” Bucs coach Butch Estes said. “It really was. It’s been sort of record-setting. It’s just been tremendous.”

Wednesday marked the Bucs’ first trip to the Elite Eight in school history. They finished the season with a 26-7 record. Lincoln Memorial (33-2) advances to Thursday’s semifinals.

“It was a fun ride,” said Barrueta, a senior. . “I’m glad we made history at Barry, and we’ll forever be known, and I’m just glad I was a part of it.”

The Bucs opened up an 11-point lead with 5:05 to play in the first half. Barrueta had a dunk in transition on a look-ahead pass from Undra Mitchem. Then after a jumper by Lincoln Memorial’s Luquon Choice, Barry’s Arie Williams canned a triple and Barrueta knocked down a shot and sank two free throws to give the Buccaneers their largest lead of the game, 38-27.

“When things got started, we were feeling it,” Barry senior center Tray Leonard said. “We got it going early. We were Barry University early, and then I got in fould trouble and had to step off. There was a little drop off.”

Leonard picked up his second foul in the first half after hitting all three of his field goal attempts, but was forced to sit for 15 minutes before the break. After Barrueta’s second free throw at the 5:05 mark, the Railsplitters went on a 15-0 run to close the first half. Lincoln Memorial, which extended its winning streak to 23 games, took a 42-38 lead into halftime and never looked back.

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