Men’s basketball team advances to NCAA Sweet Sixteen
The men’s basketball team danced all the way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history and faced one of the best programs in Division III, Augustana College, March 11.
The team’s first trip to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Sweet 16 took the Cru to Rock Island, Ill. The team took on the host Augustana Vikings in the first-ever match-up between the two schools.
The two teams played in a see-saw battle for much of the first half, but the Cru was unable to keep up in the second half, losing 70-57. UMHB ended the season with a 23-8 record. The 31 games were the most played in a single season since the team’s move to Division III in 1998.
In the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 3rd, the Cru took on UT-Dallas in Belton in an American Southwest Conference semi-finals rematch, winning 86-77.
In round two against McMurry University March 5 in Abilene, the Cru landed some big early punches but couldn’t knock McMurry out until the final bell. The Cru posted a 70-67 victory in an NCAA Division III National Championship Second Round game, guaranteeing the Cru as spot in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
This was the fourth time in the last five seasons that the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Entering this year’s tournament, the Cru had only won one NCAA Tournament game in program history.