Prairie High alum Jake Bruner hasn’t scored double-digits since November, and the 6-6 junior forward hasn’t been putting up big numbers in many other stats at College of Idaho, either. But through the first three games of the 2019 NAIA Division II championship tournament held in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Bruner had logged major minutes – and the Yotes have been on a roll.
On Saturday, they beat Morningside, 62-59, to advance out of the quarterfinal for the second straight season.
With about three minutes remaining and with the score tied 52-52, according to the Yotes’ play-by-play log, Bruner came up with a steal. The Yotes made a go-ahead three on the ensuing possession, after which C. of I. never trailed.
During the Monday night, March 11, semifinal, Bruner filled out a solid stat line in 25 minutes of action as the Yotes lost to Oregon Tech, 93-81: nine points, four rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block before fouling out, giving two fouls with the team down 13 with 1:34 left.
The team finished the season 31-6 overall, 14-4 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.