West Liberty wins 86-83, reaches NCAA Division II championship

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Shawn Dyer scored 22 of his game-high 30 points in the second half Thursday night to help seventh-seeded West Liberty, W.Va., hold off No. 5 South Carolina-Aiken, 86-83, in an NCAA Division II Elite Eight national semifinal game.

The win propelled the Hilltoppers (31-3) into Saturday's national championship game against No. 20 Central Missouri (29-5).

Central Missouri upset No. 1-ranked Metro State, Colo., 71-69, in Thursday's other semifinal.

This will be West Liberty's first championship game appearance, but the Hilltoppers are playing in their fourth straight Elite Eight and have advanced to the Final Four in three of the past four seasons.

West Liberty and Central Missouri will tip off at 3 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised live on CBS.

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