ATLANTA, GA – The Drury (Mo.) Panthers battled back from a seventeen-point deficit to win their 23rd straight game and the Division II Men’s National Championship, defeating the Metro State (Co.) Roadrunners 74-73.
Drury closed the game on a 7-0 run, capped by Alex Hall’s two free throws with 22.8 seconds, and then managed to hold off the Roadrunners’ desperation efforts in the final seconds.
Hall led the way for the Panthers with 21 points and 4-of-7 shooting from behind the arc. Brandon Lockhart added fourteen points and nine assists, and Drake Paterson knocked-down four of his six three-point attempts.
All five of Metro State’s starters scored in double figures. They were led by Brandon Jefferson’s nineteen points. The Roadrunners also managed to come up with a staggering seventeen steals, but ultimately that was not enough.
John Sadak and Perry Clark called the action on Westwood One Sports.
(Mitch McCarron’s jumper gives Metro State an 18-13 lead)
(Brandon Jefferson hits a 3-pointer to put Metro St. up 25-17)
(Jefferson tickles the twine)
(McCarron’s dunk caps a 9-0 Metro St. run)
(Lockhart’s pair of layups and a foul pulls Drury within one at 49-48)
(Hall’s 3-pointer gives Drury its first lead since 6-5 at 59-58)
(Carter’s layup pulls Drury even before McCarron answers with a Metro State three to go back up 67-64)
(Demetrius Miller hits a jumper as shot clock expires to put Metro St. up 71-65)
(The final call as Drury’s defense holds on for a 74-73 victory)
(Division II championship wrap-up from John Sadak and Perry Clark)
Most Recent NCAA Basketball Posts
Another season in the books, and with that comes coaching changes and predictions for the next year, although with transfers and spring recruiting and NBA Draft entries still coming, there is still...
If March is about Cinderella springing a big upset in the NCAA Tournament, then April is about the kings and queens of college basketball showing why they've been on top so long.
In the span of 24...
Congratulations to Duke on a very hard-fought win over an emotionally spent Wisconsin team in the final. I am not going to lie...the fact that Duke cruised to a win over Michigan State while...
TAMPA, FL - For an unprecedented 10th time overall - and for the third straight season - the UConn Huskies are the champions of women's college basketball.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah...
TAMPA, FL – The final game of the Division I NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament has a familiar feel to it as the Huskies of UConn will take on Notre Dame for the second straight season.
TAMPA, FL - Geno Auriemma and the Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team will go for an unprecedented 10th title tonight when they face Notre Dame in a rematch of last year's championship...
TAMPA, FL - Heading into tonight's Women's National Championship Game, there's no doubt who's the favorite - that would be the nine-time champions from UConn.
But Notre Dame is also a #1 seed and...
Check out this photo gallery of some of the best shots from Monday night in Indianapolis taken by our own Scott Newman.
INDIANAPOLIS- Tyus Jones scored a game-high 23 points including 19 in the second half to lead the Duke Blue Devils to their fifth national title with a 68-63 championship win over Wisconsin. Jones...
TAMPA, FL - The Connecticut Huskies are rolling on to the national championship game, beating Maryland 81-58 on Sunday night.
Breanna Stewart and Morgan Tuck were the leading scorers for UConn,...