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Bentley shoots for regional final

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff March 11, 2007 02:38 PM


The Bentley men's basketball team took the first step toward its first-ever NCAA Division 2 Northeast Regional title on Saturday night. Tonight, the unbeaten Falcons (30-0) will try to move one step closer.

Seeking its 31st straight victory -- the second-longest winning streak in the nation behind defending Division 2 champ Winona State -- Bentley will host Bridgeport (22-8) in a regional semifinal at the Dana Center, with a 7:30 tap. Bryant and the College of Saint Rose square off in the first semifinal at 5. The winners will meet in Tuesday's regional final in Waltham at 7.

Behind a season-high 25 points from junior forward Nate Fritsch, Bentley hung on for a 59-56 quarterfinal win over Caldwell on Saturday night. With the win, Bentley broke the all-time New England men's record for consecutive wins, set by the Bob Cousy-led Holy Cross Crusaders during the 1949-50 season.

Bridgeport edged Philadelphia 67-65, when junior Mantas Armonas hit a 13-foot jumper with 45 seconds left. Bentley and Bridgeport did not meet during the regular season.

-- Craig Larson

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