Winona Lake, IN – The #1 seeded Emmanuel Men's Basketball team took on the #2 seeded Southwestern Christian University. After rolling through the competition relatively easily, the Lions faced a much more challenging opponent in the Eagles.
With a good start, the Lions were able to take an early lead and hold onto it through the entire first half. It was a huge team effort as multiple players had huge contributions including a big three-pointer from Nathan Williams and a powerful dunk by Zach Lillie. By the end of the first half, Emmanuel was leading 39-29.
After getting refocused during half time, the Eagles came back with a lot of energy. Southwestern was able to rally back and eventually take the lead at 40-39 before a jump shot from Kurtis Robinson snatched the lead back with 6 and a half minutes remaining. The Lions would continue to hold the lead and begin to pull away towards the end after some forced free throws. With 25 seconds left Austin Greene had a steal that would set up a huge 360 degree dunk from Kendrick Colvin to seal the deal. Emmanuel is now the NCCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Champion after defeating Southwestern Christian University 75-68.
The Lions were led by Kurtis Robinson with 16 points and 8 rebounds followed by Zach Lillie with 15 points and 6 rebounds. The Lions shot 46.6% from the field while holding Southwestern down to 40.7%. A huge difference in bench points showed the depth of Emmanuel's bench with 43 points compared to the Eagles 2. This win marks the end of the season for the men who finish with an overall record of 27-5 and a conference record of 16-4.
Congrats to the Men on a successful season and bringing home a national championship!
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