A busy week for the Manchester University men's basketball team couldn't have started off on much better of a note Monday, Jan. 16. Faced with three contests in six days, Coach Gerad Good's squad used a late first half run to its benefit and knocked off D3Hoops.com No. 9-ranked North Park University of Illinois 89-77 in front of better than 200 happy fans at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena. The two sides, who played right before the New Year's Day holiday in Chicago, Ill., with a nip-and-tuck decision going to the Vikings by a 93-84 count, went back and forth early. A 7-0 run for the Black and Gold that began with just over three minutes left in the opening frame gave them a lead they wouldn't relinquish. MU, improving to 5-10, held as large as a 13-point advantage in the second 20 minutes before NPU, who dipped to 12-3, cut it to as little as five. However, Good's squad held steady and managed to stave off the Vikings 89-77. "We were just able to make stops when we needed them," Good said. "It also was important for us to control us … when I say that I think at this time of year it comes down to which team won't beat itself, and we didn't do that tonight." The Spartans, as has been the case throughout the campaign, had another balanced scoring effort. Senior guard Tyler Alexander (6'5''-G) (Indianapolis, Ind.) tallied 23 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the field and also grabbed 10 rebounds for his second double-double in a Manchester University uniform. Freshman guard Tyler Billups (6'2''-G) (Connersville, Ind.) turned in his second double-digit collegiate point total with 16, as 11 of them came in the second half. Fellow freshman guard Erik Bell (5'9''-PG) (Evansville, Ind.) added 14 points and dished out five assists, while sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (5'11''-PG) (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with 10 points and five assists as well as a blocked shot and a steal. MU's team field goal percentage wound up at better than 50 percent for the fifth time this year. Much of that was due to fast break opportunities against the North Park defense. "We've been wanting to use the full court game," Good said. "I think the guys are grasping the chance of getting out and going on offense. We have the speed but need to use it." The Spartans' hectic span continues Wednesday, Jan. 18. Anderson University visits North Manchester for a pivotal Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. " (We will) enjoy this win for 24 hours," Good said. "It's not often you get a chance to bear a top 10 ranked team anywhere but especially at home. Once Tuesday's practice rolls around, it'll be back to business though. It's that time of year." Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) blocked a potential game-winning shot with three seconds left and Babson held off Augustana 79-78 to win the 2017 Division III men's basketball championship. As Augustana did in Friday's semifinal, the Vikings opened the game with hot shooting and built a 10-point lead on Dylan Sortillo's three-pointer midway through the first period. Nick Comenale (6'3''-F) sparked a 25-5 run for Babson with a pair of three pointers and a layup and the Beavers took a 41-31 lead into the half. Babson held Augustana at arm's length for much of the second half and led 71-61 with six minutes to play when the Vikings started their rally. Nolan Ebel (6'1''-G) hit a three-pointer with less than three minutes left to pull the Vikings within four at 79-75. After a couple of empty possessions for both teams, Augustana fouled Babson with 21 seconds left, sending the Beavers to the free throw line for one-and one. They missed the first shot and Augustana grabbed the rebound and found Jacob Johnston for three to cut the lead to 79-78 with 10 seconds left. Babson again missed the front end of a one-and-one and the Vikings gave the ball to Ebel who raced down the floor. Ebel tried to arc a shot over three Babson defenders with three seconds left but Flannery smacked the ball away. Babson grabbed the rebound and was fouled with one second left. Babson missed the one-and-one again but, after an Augustana time out, the Vikings only had time for a long heave down the floor that was deflected away. Flannery finished with 23 points, which gives him 2,620 in his career, good enough for eighth place all-time in Division III. Isaiah Nelsen scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half and Comenale finished with 16 points for Babson. Ebel notched 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Augustana (24-9). Augustana finishes as national runner-up for the second time in three seasons. Babson's championship is the first men's basketball title for the College and the fifth overall in team sports. Babson won three titles in men's soccer in 1975, 1979 and 1980 and a men's hockey championship in 1984. Flannery, who was named Player of the Year before the game, took home the Most Oustanding Player award. The other members of the All-Tournament team were Nelsen, Ebel, Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) for Augustana and Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) for Williams. Before the title game, the East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 139-116 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Reece's Division III All-Star Game. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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