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CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The 4th seeded RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS – the defending National Champions – faced the 7th seeded KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY KNIGHTS for the 2017 title.
The Saints had eked out a slender 39-36 edge over the Knights by Halftime. After the break they managed more and more separation from their opponents, ultimately defeating them by a final score of 90-76. Xavier Hunter’s 22 points led Randall University to their 2nd straight crown. * THE SAINTS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCCAA DIVISION TWO *
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FINAL FOUR, FIRST BERTH – The (6) BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS battled the (1) BETHEL (IN) COLLEGE PILOTS (Riverboat Pilots) for a berth in the 2017 Final Four.
At the break the Pilots were on top of the Bruins by a count of 38-32 but Bellevue University came out for the 2nd Half primed for a comeback. Regulation ended in a 70-70 tie and in the Overtime session the Bruins emerged with a 77-75 upset triumph. Twenty-six points from Nick Hilton led Bellevue.
FINAL FOUR, SECOND BERTH – The (1) INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY WILDCATS are the defending National Champions and they faced the (6) TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS in this game.
A very contentious opening Half ended with the Wildcats clinging to a mere 33-30 advantage over the Bluejays. From there this Instant Classic saw Tabor College inch to within 2 points but no further as Indiana Wesleyan held on to win it 64-62. Bob Peters tossed in 21 points to lead the Wildcats.
FINAL FOUR, THIRD BERTH – Up next was a 1 seed versus 2 seed matchup as the (1) CORNERSTONE UNIVERSITY GOLDEN EAGLES collided with the (2) INDIANA UNIVERSITY EAST RED WOLVES.
The Red Wolves put a scare into the Golden Eagles with a 49-47 Halftime lead but Cornerstone University was all business from there, going on to win the game by a final tally of 97-87. The Golden Eagles’ Kyle Steigenga logged a Double Double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. His teammate Sam Vander Sluis had a Double Double of his own with 26 points and 18 boards.
FINAL FOUR, LAST BERTH – The (1) UNION COLLEGE BULLDOGS became the third of this year’s one seeds to make it to the Final Four and they did it at the expense of the (3) TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS.
There wasn’t very much drama in this game, as the Bulldogs led the Trojans 58-31 at the break enroute to a 98-60 beatdown. Union College was led by Gerrard Newby’s 2o points and 6 rebounds.