Last night the Final Four teams in the NAIA Division 2 tipped off for the right to advance to the championship game. In the first game the top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN fell behind by 6 early on but roared back to tie the GRACE COLLEGE LANCERS at 21 all. A 10-0 run put the Lancers up 31-21 but the Statesmen responded with a run of their own to take a 34-31 advantage. By half-time the game was tied up at 36-36. William Penn came back from the break on a 6-0 tear and never looked back. The Statesmen advanced to their first- ever appearance in the national title game with a 79-58 victory.
The 2nd seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES played the (11) INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST GRENADIERS next. Game Two started the same way with the ultimate victors trailing early on. Stritch rose up against that early adversity and went on an intimidating 20-4 run. The Grenadiers would rally to make the game closer each time they started falling too far behind and at the break the score was CSU 42 IUS 36. The defense of the Wolves got a stranglehold on the Grenadiers in the 2nd half, limiting them to 35% from the field in that period and winning by a final score of 69-56. It will be two first- timers in the championship game and number 1 vs number 2. See CSU and WPU battle for it all tonight at 9pm ET on the cable channel called CBS Sports Network.