NCCAA DIVISION ONE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The top seeded CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS faced the 2 seeds – the ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE REDHAWKS – for the title in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). The opening Half was a defensive epic which ended with the teams tied up at 26-26. After the break the Yellow Jackets mustered a bit of separation from the Redhawks for a 64-58 victory. Conner TenHove’s 14 points led Cedarville U. * THE YELLOW JACKETS ARE NCCAA CHAMPIONS *
NJCAA DIVISION THREE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The last two teams standing in this Tournament were the 2 seeds – the HERKIMER COLLEGE GENERALS – and the 5th seeded ROCK VALLEY COLLEGE GOLDEN EAGLES. An Upset seemed to be in the offing as the Golden Eagles led 37-31 at Halftime. From there the Generals came from behind to win the game by a comfortable 72-60. Herkimer College ends the season with one lone loss. * THE GENERALS ARE CHAMPIONS OF NJCAA DIVISION THREE * Continue reading
NCAA DIVISION THREE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – The SWARTHMORE COLLEGE GARNET clashed with the CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS as D3’s Final Four action commenced. The Garnet led the Captains by a Lucky 7 points, 36-29, come Halftime and then maintained that advantage for a 70-63 triumph. Cam Wiley put up 23 points to lead Swarthmore College.
SECOND SEMIFINAL – This game pitted the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS against the WHEATON (IL) COLLEGE THUNDER. By the midpoint the Titans were on top of the Thunder by a score of 46-41. From there UW-Oshkosh went on to win it by a Centennial Club-level 104-85. The victors were led by Jack Flynn’s Double Double of 21 points and 15 rebounds.
NJCAA DIVISION THREE
FIRST SEMIFINAL – In the 2 spot the HERKIMER COLLEGE GENERALS tangled with the 3rd seeded RICHLAND COLLEGE THUNDERDUCKS. Smothering defense was the key to the opening Half, which ended with the Generals up 27-21. After the break the Thunderducks could only edge an inch closer as Herkimer College emerged with a 63-59 triumph. Derrick Felder led the Generals with 17 points. Continue reading
NCAA DIVISION THREE
FINAL FOUR: FIRST BERTH – The CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS squared off against the WILLIAMS COLLEGE EPHS (“eephs”). By Halftime the Captains were clinging to a slight 32-30 edge over the Ephs. After the break Christopher Newport University inched further and further away from their opponents, ultimately winning the game by a score of 79-70. Marcus Carter led the Captains with 27 points.
FINAL FOUR: SECOND BERTH – In this game the SWARTHMORE COLLEGE GARNET played the NICHOLS COLLEGE BISON. The Garnet were on top of the Bison 32-23 at the midpoint. In the 2nd Half Nichols College rallied but Swarthmore College held them off for a 69-65 victory. Twenty points from Zac O’Dell led the way for the Garnet. Continue reading
NCAA DIV THREE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY PRAIRIE WOLVES – a team Balladeer’s Blog has covered since their NAIA years – did battle with the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT OSHKOSH TITANS for the D3 title.
A thrilling and high-scoring 1st Half ended with the Prairie Wolves clinging to a 45-43 edge. After the break Nebraska Wesleyan University inched a little bit more away from the Titans, winning it all by a score of 78-72. Cooper Cook put up 16 points to lead the victors. * THE PRAIRIE WOLVES ARE CHAMPIONS OF NCAA DIVISION THREE * Continue reading
1. CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS ### 2. BABSON COLLEGE BEAVERS ### 3. RAMAPO COLLEGE ROADRUNNERS ### 4. SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS ### 5. TUFTS UNIVERSITY JUMBOS ###
6. MARIETTA COLLEGE PIONEERS ### 7. SAINT NORBERT COLLEGE GREEN KNIGHTS ### 8. SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY RIVER HAWKS ### 9. HOPE COLLEGE FLYING DUTCHMEN ### 10. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS ###
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NUMBER TWO TAKES A FALL – The 25th ranked NORTH CENTRAL (IL) CARDINALS provided a shocker yesterday as they hosted the number 2 team in the nation – the ELMHURST COLLEGE BLUE JAYS. The Cardinals parlayed a 36-25 Halftime lead into an 80-62 upset victory. Jagger Anderson led North Central with 20 points.
OTHER UPSETS IN THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE – The COLBY COLLEGE WHITE MULES edged the visiting (8) AMHERST COLLEGE LORD JEFFS in a 66-64 Instant Classic ### And the PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY LUTES took it on the road, toppling the (16) WHITMAN COLLEGE MISSIONARIES by the tight final score of 79-74. Continue reading
Balladeer’s Blog offers one last round of congratulations to the 2015 women’s college basketball champions in the divisions covered here.
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) DIVISION ONE
National Champions – OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS
Runners-Up – Campbellsville University Tigers
2014 Champions – Oklahoma City University Stars Continue reading