COLLEGE BASKETBALL: THREE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS CROWNED AMID OTHER POSTSEASON ACTION

*** USCAA DIVISION ONE ***

daemen wildcatsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded DAEMEN COLLEGE WILDCATS did battle with the 3 seeds – the ROCHESTER COLLEGE WARRIORS – for the National Championship of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). Unfortunately, after all the exciting hoops action so far in the USCAA Tournament this title game was a bit disappointing. The Wildcats outclassed the Warriors on both sides of the ball and by Halftime had compiled a 43-21 advantage. After the break they remained in control, ultimately winning by a final score of 77-53. Gerald Beverly led Daemen College with 19 points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WILDCATS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE USCAA! *

*** USCAA DIVISION TWO ***

Berkeley (NJ) KnightsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2 seeds – the BERKELEY COLLEGE (NY) KNIGHTS – took the court against the Cinderella 9 seeds – the PENN STATE AT MONT ALTO NITTANY LIONS. This clash for the crown came down to a battle of suffocating defensive play which limited the Halftime score to just 29-21 in favor of the Knights. PSU-Mont Alto refused to go away, however, and forced Overtime by tying things up at 48-48 to end Regulation. In the extra session Berkeley College emerged with a tight 57-55 victory. Kenton Chan-Man’s 20 points led the Knights. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KNIGHTS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF USCAA DIVISION TWO! *  

*** ACCA ***

Arlington Baptist PatriotsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The ARLINGTON BAPTIST COLLEGE PATRIOTS were trying to make it back-to-back titles as they played the FAITH BAPTIST BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES for the National Championship of the ACCA (Association of Christian College Athletics). The teams exchanged the lead 18 times in the first 14 minutes of play but by the break the Patriots had compiled a 55-45 lead. In the 2nd Half both offenses continued to roll toward Century Club numbers but Arlington Baptist College got more and more separation, going on to win the game 118-102. Caleb Brown had 18 points while Josh Green logged a Double Double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PATRIOTS, THE 2015 CHAMPIONS OF THE ACCA! *

Dallas ChristianCONSOLATION BRACKET – THIRD PLACE GAME – The DALLAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CRUSADERS defeated the HILLSDALE FREE WILL BAPTIST COLLEGE SAINTS in an 80-52 beatdown     ###      FIFTH PLACE GAME – The ASSOCIATION FREE LUTHERAN BIBLE SCHOOL CONQUERORS edged the EMMAUS BIBLE COLLEGE EAGLES in a 69-65 Instant Classic     ###      SEVENTH PLACE GAME – The CHAMPION BAPTIST COLLEGE TIGERS eked out a nailbiting 77-76 win over the WELCH COLLEGE FLAMES.  

*** NAIA ***

* ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS *

Cal State San Marcos CougarsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This conference title game was played between the top seeded CAL STATE AT SAN MARCOS COUGARS and the 2nd seeded WEST VIRGINIA TECH GOLDEN BEARS. The Cougars fought their way to a 48-40 Halftime advantage, then had to withstand the Golden Bears’ 2nd Half attempts to pull even. The final score was Cal State-San Marcos 87  West Virginia Tech 83. Blake Nash led the Cougars with an unbelievable THIRTY-FOUR points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COUGARS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

* RED RIVER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

LSU-Alexandria GeneralsCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The number 1 seeds – the LSU-ALEXANDRIA GENERALS – did battle with the 2nd seeded OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY SAINTS for this conference crown. This Jekyll and Hyde game saw the Generals trailing the Saints 48-31 after a tough 1st Half only to come back in the 2nd Half to force Overtime with a 66-66 tie to end Regulation. Darryl Milburn gave the Generals the win with a 3 point basket with just 3 seconds left in the extra session. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GENERALS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

* SOONER ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

wayland baptistCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 3rd seeded WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PIONEERS took the court determined to upset the top seeds – the MIDAMERICA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EVANGELS. The Pioneers led the Evangels 45-32 at Halftime, then following a delay due to an electrical outage in the arena, turned it up a notch in the 2nd Half. Wayland Baptist won in a 94-60 blowout, led by Robert Waters with 21 points and Ta’Quan McDew who had a Double Double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PIONEERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *   

* SOUTHERN STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

martinmethodist redhawksCHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 2nd seeded MARTIN METHODIST COLLEGE RED HAWKS squared off against the 5th seeded WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS. The Red Hawks had a huge fight on their hands against the Crusaders, who were still feeling their oats after upsetting top seeded Dalton State Friday night. With the score knotted up at 65-65 and time expiring it looked like Overtime was on the menu until Darius Woods sank a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, lifting Martin Methodist College to a 68-65 triumph. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RED HAWKS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NAIA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *   

* AMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE *

lindenwood-belleville lynxSEMIFINALS – The 3 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF LINDENWOOD AT BELLEVILLE LYNX – upset the 2nd seeded COLUMBIA (MO) COUGARS, coming back from 34-28 down at the Half for a thrilling 71-69 win. Craig Anderson’s 19 points led the Lynx.     ###      And the top seeded FREED- HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY LIONS likewise came back – in their case from a 37-33 Halftime deficit – to defeat the 4th seeded WILLIAMS BAPTIST COLLEGE EAGLES 74-66. Evan Forhetz and Cameron Lewis each had 17 points for the Lions.     

* FRONTIER CONFERENCE *

Lewis-Clark State Warriors NEWSEMIFINALS – The top seeds – the LEWIS-CLARK STATE WARRIORS – led the Cinderella 5 seeds – the MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN LIGHTS – 34-20 at the break enroute to a 65-51 victory. Brady Bagby’s 14 points led the Warriors.     ###      And the 2nd seeded MONTANA-WESTERN BULLDOGS kept it a chalk championship game Tuesday night by outperforming the 3rd seeded ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BATTLIN’ BEARS 96-80. Dexter Williams Jr had a Double Double with 33 points and 11 rebounds.     

* GOLDEN STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

Hope International University RoyalsSEMIFINALS – The top seeded HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS took on the 4 seeds – the ARIZONA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FIRESTORM – in a game for the ages. Clutch free-throws from Kenny Morgan in the final .3 seconds gave the Royals a 73-72 win. Morgan led his team with 28 points.     ###      And in the 2 spot the CONCORDIA (CA) EAGLES handily defeated the 3rd seeded WESTMONT COLLEGE WARRIORS 78-58. Martin Thomas had 19 points to lead Concordia.   

* GULF COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

Talladega College Tornadoes NEWSEMIFINALS – The top seeded TALLADEGA COLLEGE TORNADOES hammered the 4th seeded PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE PANTHERS in the 1st Half, leading them 48-35 at the break. From there the Tornadoes had to hold tight for a 93-89 victory. Shondel Stewart led Talladega with a Double Double of 30 points and 11 rebounds.     ###      And the 2 seeds – the XAVIER (LA) GOLD RUSH – outplayed the 3rd seeded TOUGALOO COLLEGE BULLDOGS to the tune of 85-72. The Gold Rush’s Morris Wright led the way with 24 points.  

* HEART OF AMERICA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE *

Evangel-LogoSEMIFINALS – The top seeded EVANGEL UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS held a 10 point Halftime lead over the 5th seeded PERU STATE BOBCATS in this game. From there the Crusaders kept the Bobcats at arm’s-length for a 98-89 win. Evangel’s Korry Tillery led his team with a Double Double of 28 points and 16 rebounds.     ###      And the 3 seeds – the MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE VIKINGS – took down the 2nd seeded BENEDICTINE COLLEGE RAVENS. The Vikings came back from 37-32 at the Half to win the game 69-65. Raviel Burton had a Double Double for MVC with 20 points and 10 rebounds.    

*** CCCAA ELITE EIGHT ***

Canada College Colts logoFINAL FOUR – FIRST BERTH – This colossal NorCal upset saw the 10 seeds – the CANADA COLLEGE COLTS – stun the 3rd seeded MARIN COLLEGE MARINERS. The Colts had put the Mariners on Upset Alert by Halftime, having grabbed a 40-34 advantage. In the 2nd Half Canada College kept Marin College at just enough of an arm’s length to win this 73-70 Instant Classic. Rohndell Goodwin tossed in 24 points to lead the Colts.  

Merritt College ThunderbirdsFINAL FOUR – SECOND BERTH – This game pitted the 5th seeded MERRITT COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS against the 17 seeds – the FOOTHILL COLLEGE OWLS. The Thunderbirds took charge on both sides of the ball and led the Owls 33-26 by Halftime. From there Merritt College went on to put even more distance between themselves and Foothill College, advancing to the Final Four by a score of 62-50. 19 points from Jovantae Carlton led the Thunderbirds.

East Los Angeles Huskies logoFINAL FOUR – THIRD BERTH – Back to upsets in this game between the 13 seeds – the EAST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE HUSKIES – and the 8th seeded LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE VIKINGS. The Huskies trailed the Vikings by just 44-42 at the midpoint then came out for the 2nd Half like the proverbial men possessed. East Los Angeles College raced past the surprised Long Beach City College team for an authoritative 92-73 victory. Je’Ron Primus and Marcus Romain each put up 20 points for the Huskies.

Saddleback College Gauchos logoFINAL FOUR – LAST BERTH – The two teams fighting over this sole remaining berth in the 2015 Final Four were the 2 seeds – the SADDLEBACK COLLEGE GAUCHOS – and the 3rd seeded SAN BERNARDINO VALLEY COLLEGE WOLVERINES. The Gauchos have played some spectacular defense this season and outdid themselves against the Wolverines, seizing a 28-14 (yes, fourteen) Halftime lead. Both teams won 31 games this year but Saddleback College contained San Bernardino Valley in the 2nd Half, too, for a 53-32 triumph. Dusty Baker scored 20 points to lead the Gauchos.    

*** NJCAA ***

Southern Idaho Golden EaglesDISTRICT 101 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO GOLDEN EAGLES took the court against the COCHISE COLLEGE APACHES in this game at Stronghold Gymnasium in Douglas, AZ. This title tilt was an Instant Classic which went down to the final second. The Golden Eagles emerged with a win over the Apaches by a final score of 65-63. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GOLDEN EAGLES, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT.

Connors State CowboysDISTRICT 102 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Mabee Fieldhouse in Shawnee, OK was the site of this District Championship Game. The CONNORS STATE COWBOYS and the REDLANDS COLLEGE COUGARS were the last two teams standing in this particular District. When all the dust had settled the Cowboys won the game 90-80 over the Cougars. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE COWBOYS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

Monroe Mustangs logoDISTRICT 103 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The teams clashing for this crown were the 24-8 MONROE COLLEGE MUSTANGS and the 19-12 BALTIMORE CITY COLLEGE PANTHERS. Both teams faced mucher tighter contests in the previous round than in this Championship Game. The Mustangs walked away with the title by a final tally of 71-61. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MUSTANGS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

Mineral Area College CardinalsDISTRICT 104 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This hardcourt clash pitted the MINERAL AREA COLLEGE CARDINALS, the Champions of Region 116 against the KANKAKEE COLLEGE CAVALIERS, the Champions of Region 104. It was a battle of stifling defensive play, and in the end the Cardinals wound up as the victors, 57-55. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CARDINALS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

South Plains College Texans NEWDISTRICT 105 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The battle for the District 105 title came down to this game between the SOUTH PLAINS COLLEGE TEXANS and the HOWARD (TX) COLLEGE HAWKS. Ultimately the offensive firepower of the Texans was the deciding factor as South Plains College got enough separation between themselves and the Hawks for a 72-63 triumph. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEXANS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

Hutchinson Blue Dragons LogoDISTRICT 106 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – It was a tale of two Halves as the HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS and the DODGE CITY COLLEGE CONQUISTADORS played for this District crown. At Halftime the Blue Dragons trailed the Conquistadors 39-33 but came back in the 2nd Half to win the game by a count of 76-70. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BLUE DRAGONS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

Columbia State TN ChargersDISTRICT 107 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – From Verties Sails Gymnasium in Memphis, TN came this District Championship Game. The COLUMBIA STATE CHARGERS came in determined to upset the mighty SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE COLLEGE SALUQUIS and return to the national tournament. That’s exactly how it worked out as the Chargers waltzed (a Tennessee Waltz no doubt) to a 97-80 victory. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHARGERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

Northwest Florida State RaidersDISTRICT 108 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE RAIDERS took the court against the EASTERN FLORIDA STATE TITANS in this game. The Raiders had built up a 7 point cushion for themselves over the Titans by the midpoint of the contest and, coincidentally enough, that was also the final margin of victory. Northwest Florida State won 76-69. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RAIDERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

Northwest College TrappersDISTRICT 109 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The final game in this District Tournament saw the NORTHWEST COLLEGE TRAPPERS taking on the GILLETTE COLLEGE PRONGHORNS. The Trappers had seized a 53-34 advantage by Halftime and after the break coasted to a Century Club-level 112-86 win. William Desilien had THIRTY-ONE points for Northwest College. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TRAPPERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *   

Cape Fear College Sea DevilsDISTRICT 110 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The Robert G Taylor Athletic Center in Louisburg, NC was the site of this District’s title game. The CAPE FEAR COLLEGE SEA DEVILS did battle with the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT SALKEHATCHIE INDIANS. After all the dust had settled in this hardcourt clash the Sea Devils emerged with a victory by a final score of 64-52. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SEA DEVILS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsDISTRICT 112 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The District 111 Championship Game was played last Thursday night, so from yesterday’s results we move on to the District 112 title clash. This game was played between the FAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS and the GADSDEN STATE CARDINALS. The Sun Chiefs nearly reached the Century Club and won by a 17 point margin, 93-76. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SUN CHIEFS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *   

Georgia Highland College ChargersDISTRICT 113 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The two teams left in the fight for this District Championship were the GEORGIA HIGHLANDS COLLEGE CHARGERS and the SOUTH GEORGIA STATE HAWKS. When this roundball battle way down there in the Peach State was in the books the Chargers had moved on by a final score of 81-70. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHARGERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

Tyler ApachesDISTRICT 114 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – This District was witness to the biggest upset of the NJCAA postseason so far. The SEVENTH seeded TYLER COLLEGE APACHES were up against the TOP seeds – the SAN JACINTO COLLEGE- CENTRAL RAVENS. The Apaches put the Ravens on notice with a 33-33 Halftime tie, then got a little separation in the 2nd Half for a 72-65 triumph. Mr Faith Pope led Tyler with 21 points. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE APACHES, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *

Holmes College Bulldogs logoDISTRICT 115 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – A Jekyll and Hyde performance from the HOLMES COLLEGE BULLDOGS against the PEARL RIVER COLLEGE WILDCATS was on the slate. The 1st Half saw the Bulldogs build a comfortable 48-31 lead by the break. The 2nd Half saw them squander that to the Wildcats, who forced Overtime by knotting up the score at 74-74 to end Regulation. In the extra session Holmes finally won the game 92-87. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BULLDOGS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. *  

John A Logan College VolunteersDISTRICT 116 – CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The upset-minded JOHN A LOGAN COLLEGE VOLUNTEERS went up against the VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS for the District 116 crown. Forty minutes of play was not enough for these two teams. One Overtime session wasn’t enough for these two teams. It took DOUBLE OVERTIME before the Volunteers at last emerged with a 105-98 victory. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE VOLUNTEERS, WHO MOVE ON TO THE NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT. * 

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