HUTCHINSON — The College of Southern Idaho is located fairly close to the Snake River Canyon, where daredevil Evel Knievel tried to jump the distance in a motorcyle-rocket hybrid.

The Golden Eagles probably cleared the divide in its 3-point shooting, hitting 14 of 28 from long range to stop Northwest Florida State 107-93 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Hutchinson.

The Northwest Florida State Raiders hit just five of 19 from 3-point range, ending the season 31-3.

Second-seeded Southern Idaho, 30-5, will take on the Vincennes-Florida SouthWestern State winner at 8 p.m. today with a championship game berth on the line.

“I’m real proud of the guys; great effort,” CSI coach Jared Phay said. “Northwest Florida is a very talented team. They are big, long, athletic. They have a great press. Our guys were able to keep their composure through it and stuck together when times got tough. We went with a little smaller lineup with (6-foot-8 forward) Roche (Grootfaam) being out. We really didn’t have a choice. We were able to spread them out. There were bigger than us, but we were able to make them come out to the perimeter and guard us. We did a good job of moving without the ball and creating gaps.”

“When a team goes 14 of 28 from three, it’s hard to win games,” Northwest Florida State coach Steve DeMeo said. “We were five of 19 with 10 assists and 15 turnovers. They turned it over a bunch, but the game was already out of reach. They ball stuck a little bit. We took some bad shots. Coach Phay is a good coach. We got beat by the better team. He’s got some good players. A couple of their guys are from our neck of the woods. Their guards just torched us. I’m proud of my guys. It’s very emotional in the locker room because they care.”

Southern Idaho was led by Charles Jones Jr., who scored 30 points off the bench. Jones Jr. hit 11 of 14 from the field, including five of seven 3-pointers.

Jake Hendricks hit six of nine 3-pointers, en route to 20 points. Danya Kingsby came off the bench to score 18 points. Tommy Burton scored 14 points. Khalid Thomas scored 12.

“I come out and I just try to play hard every game,” Jones Jr. said. “Like the coach always tells us, it’s not going to be just one guy out there leading us. It’s a lot of us — whoever is going for us.”

“My teammates kept giving me the ball,” said Hendricks, who shot just one of seven Tuesday. “They kept trusting me. I was able to shoot it when I caught it.”

For Northwest Florida State, Andres Feliz scored 28 points with 11 rebounds and five steals. Kelvin Robinson scored 16, followed by Tray Boyd III with 15, Derek Funderburk with 13 and Karim Ezzeddine with 10.

Close for most of the first half, Hendricks hit a trey with 8:26 in the half to put Southern Idaho up by eight. A Jones Jr. 3-pointer with 4:45 left in the half put the Eagles up by 12.

A foul and technical foul against the Raiders allowed Danya Kingsby to hit three of four free throws with 16.5 seconds left in the half and put Southern Idaho up by 17. On the miss, Andres Feliz of Northwest was fouled and hit one of two free throws, cutting the Raider deficit to 16 at the half, 51-35.

“It got chippy, but I thought that was good because we were flat early,” DeMeo said. “I thought the chippyness might get us going, but we didn’t get any stops. We lost a 3-point shooter.”

The Eagles opened the second half with a Hendricks 3-pointer. The Raiders drew as close as 14 late.

“They are a talented team and they are going to score points,” Phay said. “They got into a rhythm there.”

“We had a 25-game winning streak against the best schedule in the nation,” DeMeo said. “We just came in here and had a bad day and the season’s over. Basketball is like life. You have to get off the floor and keep going. A lot of these kids are going to have a chance to play D I ball. We lose five sophomores, but we have a bunch of freshmen who will be back next year. They have a bright future and I’m proud of my guys.”

SOUTHERN IDAHO (30-5) — Burton 5-10 4-4 14, Gittens 2-6 2-4 6, Aguirre 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 4-7 2-2 12, Hendricks 6-9 2-4 20, Kingsby 6-13 5-8 18, Jones Jr. 11-14 3-4 30, Davenport 2-5 1-3 5, Porter 1-1 0-0 2, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Hansen 0-0 0-0 0, Domingos 0-1 0-0 0, Reichelt 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 37-66 19-29 107.

NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE (31-3) — Funderburk 5-9 3-6 13, Robinson 5-11 6-6 16, Feliz 11-19 6-12 28, Boyd III 4-15 4-5 15, Ezzeddine 4-6 1-2 10, Bertolette 0-2 0-0 0, Davis 1-2 0-0 2, Parker 1-2 4-4 7, Duarte 0-5 0-0 0, Debaut 1-2 0-0 2, TOTALS 32-73 24-35 93.

So.Idaho;51;56;—107

NW Fla. St.;35;58;—93

Total fouls — SI 25, NWF 26. Technical fouls — SI: Robinson-37.8-1H, Davenport 3:00-2H. NWF: Burton 37.8-1H, Duarte 16.5-2H. Fouled out — NWF: Duarte 10:01-2H. 3-point shooting — SI 14-28 (Gittens 0-3, Thomas 2-5, Hendricks 6-9, Kingsby 1-4, Jones Jr. 5-7), NWF 5-19 (Funderburk 0-1, Feliz 0-2, Boyd III 3-10, Ezzeddine 1-1, Bertolette 0-1, Davis 0-1, Parker 1-2, Duarte 0-1). Rebounds — SI 37 (Davenport 6), NWF 40 (Feliz 11). Assists — SI 17 (Burton 6), NWF 10 (Robinson 3). Turnovers — SI 21 (Kingsby 6), NWF 15 (Feliz 6). Blocked shots — SI 5 (Porter 2, Domingos 2), NWF 2 (Funderburk 1, Duarte 1). Steals — SI 8 (Burton 2, Hendricks 2), NWF 16 (Feliz 5).