NAIA COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS FOR 2014: THE VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS

Vanguard U LionsLast night saw the championship game in Division One of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). Two Lion prides did battle for the title as the 6th seeded VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS took on the 8th seeded EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS. The opening Half was a tale of smothering defense from both teams. A 6-0 Vanguard lead became a 7-6 Emmanuel lead which turned into an 11-9 Vanguard advantage and so it went. The teams kept exchanging leads culminating in a 29-25 Halftime edge for VU.

After the break the game became an affair of Vanguard taking leads up to 10 points and Emmanuel College storming back. This pattern continued until just 3:51 remained to play in the game when EC pulled within 2 points of Vanguard U. From there the Lion team from California kept their opponents behind them by as many as 10 points and as little as 5, with the end result being a 70-65 victory for Vanguard University. MVP Preston Wynne once again led Vanguard in scoring, this time with 20 points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VANGUARD UNIVERSITY LIONS ON THEIR VERY FIRST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MEN’S BASKETBALL!  

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