Last night’s NAIA Division Two National Championship Game saw the top 2 seeds in the tournament battling each other for the title. The top seeded WILLIAM PENN UNIVERSITY STATESMEN and the 2nd seeds, the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES, were the two teams left standing after all the hardcourt drama that had unfolded since the tournament started last Wednesday.
The Wolves shot 50% from the field enroute to a 73-59 victory over the Statesmen, giving Cardinal Stritch University its first ever NAIA national championship in basketball. The game was a very tight 39-36 at the break in favor of the Wolves but the 2nd half saw Stritch getting some separation and winding up wearing the 2013 crown. WPU outrebounded CSU 35-33 but were outdone by the Wolves in every other statistical category. Stritch also got to the line 25 times, making 20 from the charity stripe compared to William Penn, whose boys pressed the issue hard enough to shoot foul shots a mere 8 times, although they made 7 of those 8 attempts.
Congratulations to the Cardinal Stritch University Wolves! More basketball excitement is to come, with the NAIA Division One Tournament and the NCCAA Division One tournaments tipping off later today! As always Balladeer’s Blog will provide coverage from the opening tipoffs to the final cutting down of the nets! Be here. Aloha.