The third-seeded Warriors defeated Ottawa, 87-71. Last year, Ottawa eliminated Sterling in the first round. Ottawa was coming off an upset of No. 2 Tabor on Friday.
Sterling took control in the final 10 minutes of the first half. The Warriors led 47-36 at halftime.
Sterling used a 9-2 run to start the second half to increase the lead to 56-38. Ottawa came as close as 10 the rest of the game.
The Braves shot 39.1 percent (25-for-64) from the floor, 40.9 percent (9-for-22) from behind the arc, and 54.5 (12-for-22) from the free-throw line.
Sterling shot 24-for-57 (42.1 percent) from the floor, 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) from behind the arc, and 29-for-42 (69 percent) from the charity stripe.
Ottawa was led by Corey Smith’s double-double. The senior forward scored 13 points and had a career-high 17 rebounds in his final game. Senior Chase Dippel netted 15 points.
Sophomore guard Adam Hasty finished with 13. Junior Julian Rose scored 11 and Sophomore Kameron Lindsay had 10.
Sterling (87) — Alexander 11, Green 12, Adesodun 8, Thompson 24, Odomes 14, Brown 10, Swank 3, Smith 5.
Ottawa (71) — Brown 3, Lindsay 10, Hasty 13, Rose 11, Dippel 15, Feighny 6, Smith 13.