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West Liberty advances to D-II Final Four

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:33 p.m.

Alex Falk and Cedric Harris each scored 23 points and were among six players in double figures as West Liberty defeated Winona State, 110-84, in an NCAA Division II Elite Eight matchup in Lexington, Ky.

West Liberty (34-1), the top seed from the Atlantic Region, advances to the D-II Final Four. The Hilltoppers will meet Metropolitan State (31-2) at noon Saturday, with the winner advancing to the D-II championship game April 7 in Atlanta.

CJ Hester had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Hilltoppers. Chris Morrow and Shawn Dyer each scored 12 points, and Seger Bonifant had 11.

West Liberty trailed 34-32 with 6:57 remaining in the opening half, but went on an 18-7 run to take a nine-point halftime lead.

Winona State (27-8) made a run early in the second half and pulled within six points, but West Liberty went on a 16-2 run over the next four minutes to push the lead to 20.

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