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NACC Ranking
 1. Aurora 16-4 (19-8) 
 2. Benedictine, IL 15-5 (17-10) 
 3. MSOE 14-6 (16-10) 
 4. Lakeland 12-8 (16-10) 
 5. Concordia, WI 12-8 (15-12) 
 6. Edgewood 10-10 (11-16) 
 7. Marian 10-10 (11-14) 
 8. Rockford 9-11 (11-14) 
 9. Wisc.Lutheran 7-13 (8-17) 
 10. Dominican, IL 4-16 (6-19) 
 11. Concordia, IL 1-19 (2-23) 

Spartans Win NACC Tournament Title (Photo: NACC)

NACC Women 2017-2018

Aurora University 2017-18
Lance Robinson Lance Robinson Robinson
Tyler Carlson
Marcus Myers
Matt Dunn
Max Vickers
Justin Wierzgac
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
20  Carlson Tyler 190 (6'3'') F 96 USA
10  Myers Marcus 183 (6'0'') PG 0 USA
3  Dunn Matt 175 (5'9'') PG 0 USA
2  Vickers Max 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
33  Wierzgac Justin 201 (6'7'') F 0 USA
21  Kramp Pat 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
5  Galusha Justin 193 (6'4'') G 0 USA
30  Murray Shane 203 (6'8'') C 0 USA
11  Mahoney Chris 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
13  Bowen Ben 178 (5'10'') PG 0 USA
15  Howard Marquis 178 (5'10'') PG 0 USA
4  Chambers Nick 185 (6'1'') G 0 USA
1  Pointer Demetrius 183 (6'0'') PG 0 USA
23  Buchner Jacob 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
34  Conroy Ethan 175 (5'9'') PG 0 USA
22  Hudson Henry 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
12  Vance Bailey 193 (6'4'') F 0 USA
12  Pedrin Bryce 190 (6'3'') G 0 USA
24  Finley Mike 188 (6'2'') F 0 USA
31  Johnson Rashad 180 (5'11'') PG 0 USA
32  Hoffmann Garrett 188 (6'2'') G 0 USA
 Conrad Matt 175 (5'9'') PG 0 USA
Head Coach: Lance Robinson
Coach Assistant: Joe Kwiatkowski
Coach Assistant: Ryan Rebsom

Spartans Win NACC Tournament Title - Feb 26, 2018

Aurora University will represent the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in the NCAA Division III CHampionship Tourhament after the Spartans claimed the 2018 NACC Men's Basketball Tournament title on Saturday night at Lancaster Court in Thornton Gymnasium. The top-ranked Spartans defeated long-time rival Benedictine University 76-71 in yet another thrilling match-up between the programs.

FINAL SCORE: #1 Aurora University 76; #2 Benedictine University 71
LOCATION: Aurora, Illinois - Lancaster Court in Thornton Gymnasium
RECORDS: Aurora University 19-8; Benedictine University 17-10

- The Spartans found themselves trailing 11-7 early in the game as both teams traded baskets and the lead early on.
- A three-ball from freshman Justin Wierzgac (6'7''-F) and jumper from Marcus Myers (6'0''-PG) gave the Spartans a 12-7 lead just two minutes after the four-point deficit.
- BU grabbed the lead back shortly after and with 5:05 left in the first-half, AU trailed by five, 27-22.
- The Spartans finished the half on a 5-2 run with all five coming from Max Vickers (6'4''-F) and trailed heading to the half, 33-32.
- The second-half opened with AU coming out cold from the field and BU built their largest lead of the game with 18:25 still to play at 38-32.
- Three balls from Wierzgac and Tyler Carlson (6'3''-F-96) fueled a 6-0 AU run and the game was quickly back tied at 38 with 16:33 to go.
- Over the next 11 minutes, the teams went at each other like a contest between longtime rivals would be expected to go. And with 6:00 left to play, AU trailed by four at 62-58.
- On the following possession, freshman Garrett Hoffman drained a three and with a pair of Marcus Myers free throws on the next possession, AU led for the first time since 13:46 of the first-half.
- The AU run continued with a Tyler Carlson steal and score and a Marcus Myers jumper in the lane.
- The Myers jumper with 4:25 to play pushed him past 1,000 career points in his two seasons as a Spartan. He becomes the 33rd member of the AU men's basketball 1,000 point club.
- The 67-62 lead was the Spartans largest of the game.
- AU maintained the lead down the stretch but the Eagles of Benedictine pulled within one at 72-71 with 1:13 to play.
- A Myers lay-up pushed the lead back to three before the Spartan defense forced three BU missed shots in the final 24 seconds.
- AU would win 76-71 and claim the 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament Championship and will represent the NACC in the NCAA Tournament.

- Marcus Myers became the 33rd member of the AU men's basketball 1,000 point club with his 16 points. He finished the night with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds to go along with seven assists.
- Max Vickers had a game-high 25 points on six-of-eight shooting from three-point range and seven rebounds.
- Tyler Carlson had 19 points on four-of-eight shooting from three-point range.
- Justin Wierzgac had 10 points.
- Matt Dunn (5'9''-PG) had eight rebounds, five assists and three points.

POINTS: Max Vickers (25), Tyler Carlson (19), Marcus Myers (16) and Justin Wierzgac (10)
REBOUNDS: Marcus Myers (13) and Matt Dunn (8)
ASSISTS: Marcus Myers (7) and Matt Dunn (5)
STEALS: Justin Wierzgac, Pat Kramp and Matt Dunn (1)

Courtesy of Aurora University

NACC Tournament Final: Aurora - Benedictine 76-71
NACC Tournament Semifinals:
Benedictine - Concordia Wisconsin 69-67
Aurora - Edgewood 76-63

All-NACC Awards 2018 - Feb 26, 2018

All-NACC 1st Team 2018
Tony Diemer
Josh Hau
Travis Kell
Collin Kennedy
Matthew Kirmse

Player of the Year: Marcus Myers (6'0''-PG) of Aurora
Defensive Player of the Year: Trae Blumhorst (6'4''-F) of Rockford
Freshman of the Year: Jordan Johnson (6'5''-G) of Concordia, WI
Coach of the Year: Lance Robinson of Aurora

1st Team
F: Tony Diemer (6'3''-F) of Rockford
G: Josh Hau (6'2''-G) of Concordia, WI
F: Travis Kell (6'6''-F) of Edgewood
F: Collin Kennedy (6'4''-F) of Wisc.Lutheran
G: Matthew Kirmse (6'1''-G) of MSOE
F: Alex Manhardt (6'6''-F) of Marian
PG: Pat McDonald (5'11''-PG-97) of Lakeland
PG: Marcus Myers (6'0''-PG) of Aurora
G: Brayden Olson (6'4''-G) of Benedictine, IL
F: Max Vickers (6'4''-F) of Aurora

2nd Team
F: Kenny Bogus (6'7''-F) of Benedictine, IL
F: Tyler Carlson (6'3''-F-96) of Aurora
F: Eric Grygo (6'6''-F) of Benedictine, IL
F: Tim Robertson (6'3''-F) of Dominican, IL
F: Jens Soderholm (6'3''-F) of Benedictine, IL

Honorable Mention
Carlos Campos (6'0''-PG) of Lakeland
Jordan Johnson (6'5''-G) of Concordia, WI
Chase Nowak (6'4''-G/F) of Wisc.Lutheran
Jason Palesse (6'0''-PG) of MSOE
Mitch Pelissier (6'3''-G) of Concordia, IL
Jonny Woolf (6'3''-G/F) of Dominican, IL


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