Most Valuable Player Dion Rogers (6'0''-PG) scored a game-high 28 points to lead No. 3-seeded Texas Wesleyan to an 86-76 win over third-seeded Life (Ga.) Tuesday evening in the championship game of the 2017 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship at Municipal Auditorium. Texas Wesleyan (29-7) won its second national championship in program history, also capturing the 2006 crown with a 67-65 win over Oklahoma City in that season's championship game. Life (26-11) fell short of its fourth title in program history, claiming the red banner in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Rogers led all scorers with 28 points to earn Most Valuable Player honors for the championship, while also dishing out eight assists. Ryan Harris (6'1''-G) tallied 21 points and seven rebounds, Naiel Smith (6'4''-G) added 17 points, six assists and four rebounds, and Najeal Young (6'6''-G) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds. 'I can't explain the way I feel right now, I'm just so happy for our team,' said Rogers. 'This was our goal going into the year. It's a long season and we had a lot to accomplish on the way here. We had ups and downs, but we got through everything and reached our goal.' The defense of the Rams set the tone in the first half, limiting the Eagles to 28.6 percent shooting (8 of 28) that included a 3-of-15 clip from three-point range. Texas Wesleyan also forced nine turnovers that turned into 11 points, while posting a 21-19 rebounding advantage. Texas Wesleyan (29-7) took control of the first half over the final 4:03 before intermission, scoring the final 10 points to take a 35-23 advantage into the break. Following a jumper by Rogers, Harris converted a steal by Smith for a field goal before draining a three-pointer. Smith, who assisted on the Harris trey, finished the scoring for the half with a put-back and a single free throw. A three-pointer by Jonathan Beausejour (6'5''-F) brought Life as close as it would come in the second half, closing the gap to 49-44 with 11:02 remaining. However, Texas Wesleyan answered with 10-straight points to reclaim the double-digit advantage that remained intact for the remainder of the contest. 'We've got senior leadership and we're tough,' said Texas Wesleyan head coach Brennen Shingleton. 'It's almost as if we got in better shape as we went along. We never lost touch with who we are, and we just stayed the course.' The Rams dominated the second half at the free throw line, converting 25 of 30 attempts (.833). Rogers and Harris each knocked down 11 of 13 from the charity stripe, while Life made 17 of 22 (.773) in the entire contest. Though the Eagles managed to force 10 turnovers in the second half that turned into 18 points, the free throw discrepancy was too much to overcome. 'I think there was one team that was ready for the importance and the challenge of this moment and there was one team that wasn't,' said Life head coach Keith Adkins. 'I think Texas Wesleyan was that team who was ready. They were aggressive throughout the game. We just were not ready for it. We had our spurts to get back into it, but ultimately this was Texas Wesleyan's night and you have to give them all the credit.' Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) tallied 25 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for Life. Zach Landis (6'4''-G) added 21 points, 11 rebounds and three steals for the Eagles.
Mayville State Hires Darren Tighe to Lead Men's Basketball Program - 20 days ago
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The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayvill... [read more]
The Mayville State Comets are pleased to announce that they have hired Ridgewater Community College Head Coach Darren Tighe as their new Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Tighe on his new opportunity - "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Mayville State University family! I want to thank Athletic Director Mike Moore, President Dr. Gary Hagen, the search committee, and the entire comet athletic staff. Once I was able to step on campus, it did not take long to figure out that Mayville State is a special place with first class people! The opportunity to become the head coach at such a prestigious academic university with a rich basketball tradition was too good to pass up. My family and I are looking forward to moving to North Dakota and becoming ingrained in the community. We are extremely excited to begin the process of building a championship culture with the men's basketball program at Mayville State University!" Coach Tighe graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato with a Bachelors Degree in English Studies. He also received his Master's Degree in Teaching from Minnesota State University Mankato. From 2007-11, Coach Tighe worked with the men's basketball program at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN under Head Coach Rick Jeddeloh . Coach Tighe worked his way up the coaching ranks from 2nd assistant his first two years to head assistant in 2010, then to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach in 2011. During that time, he helped the Vikings reach the conference tournament all four years along with a Conference Championship appearance in 2009. Coach Tighe's responsibilities at Bethany included serving as the recruiting coordinator, head of the tape exchange program, Point Guard and Defensive Coach, as well as leading the individual skill development program. He also assisted with opponent scouting reports and was the summer assistant camp coordinator. After Bethany, Coach Tighe spent some time in the high school ranks, as he served as the Head Coach at JWP High School. He then taught and coached two years at Redwood Valley High School, where he helped the Cardinals to a State Tournament appearance in 2013 and a section runner up finish in 2014. At this time, Coach Tighe accepted the Head Coach position at Ridgewater Community College In Willmar, MN. In his inaugural season with the Warriors, Coach Tighe helped lead Ridgewater to a 9-18 record. He coached All Conference Selection Dylan Schueler (Willmar, MN) as well as six members of the MCAC All Conference Academic Team. Year two of the Tighe era saw the Warriors etch their names in the Ridgewater record books. The team set school records for most regular season wins in school history (20) and tied the record for most wins in a season (22) with the 1965 Warrior Basketball team. The 22 wins was more than the last two seasons combined for the Warrior basketball program. The 22-8 record was even more impressive as the MCAC was as tough as ever hosting the #2, #3, and #4th ranked teams in the nation. Six of the team's eight losses came to nationally ranked teams or D1 junior colleges. Seven freshmen averaged double digit minutes this season. Akeem Oglesby (Statesboro, GA) and Jack Turnbull (Adelaide, South Australia) were named to the MCAC All Southern Division Team and the All MCAC team. Oglesby was also named to the All Region 13 team as well as being named the Region 13 player of the year. Oglesby was also awarded the honor of being named 2nd team All American. The Ridgewater men's basketball team had another quality year under the 2016-17 season, as they finished 17-8 with program building wins over nationally recognized RCTC, Central Lakes, and St. Cloud Tech. The Warriors once again relied on outside shooting and were ranked 2nd, 4th, and 9th in the nation in three pt field goals made, attempted, and percentage. Ridgewater averaged 82 PPG and gave up an MCAC Southern Division Low 70 PPG. Another Ridgewater trademark of taking care of and sharing the basketball shown bright in 2017 with the Warriors ranking 14th in the nation in assists per game (18.8) and 7th in the nation in turnovers per game (10.6). Oglesby again continued his historic Ridgewater career earning MCAC All Southern Division honors, All State MCAC Honors, as well as making the All Region Team. Athletic Director Mike Moore on Coach Tighe's hire - "We are excited to have Darren as our new head men's bb coach. During the interview process Darren showed a great deal of compassion and drive in regard to this position. His experience as a head coach and experience particularly at the junior college level has him to come in and re-energize our program quickly. He made a definite connection with the search committee and our current players and I'm confident he will do the same with Mayville-Portland and the surrounding communities. He and his family will be a great fit for our setting. It was evident during the process that building relationships is a priority for him. We anticipate him starting his duties in the next few days." Courtesy of: victorysportsnetwork.com
Player of the Year: Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) of Life; Coach of the Year: Larry Cordaro of LSU-Alexandria; 1st Team: PG: Zach Taylor (6'0''-PG) of Carroll, MT; C: Liam Hunt (6'6''-C) of Hope International; F: Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) of Life; F: Brian Sylvester (6'8''-F) of LSU-Alexandria; C: Kieston Standfield (6'7''-C) of Middle Georgia; C: Xavier Smith (6'9''-C) of Oklahoma City; F: Joe Jackson (6'6''-F) of Our Lady Lake; F: Xavielle Brown (6'3 [read more]
Player of the Year: Dalarian Williams (6'6''-F) of Life (Ga.) Coach of the Year: Brennen Shingleton of Texas Wesleyan All-Tournament Team Mike Harris (6'2''-G) of Langston Jonathan Beausejour of Life (Ga.) Dalarian Williams of Life (Ga.) Brandon Moss (6'9''-F) of LSU Alexandria (La.) Brian Sylvester (6'8''-F) of LSU Alexandria (La.) Ryan Harris (6'1''-G) of Texas Wesleyan Dion Rogers of Texas Wesleyan Najeal Young(6'6''-G-94) of Texas Wesleyan Charles Knowles (6'5''-G/F-93) of William Pe... [read more]
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