The Golden Eagles shot 50.9% (29-57) from the floor which
included 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc.
Ironically, the Golden Eagles shot a lower percentage from the foul line making
only 48.1% (13-27) of their shots. The
Cougars only shot 28.7 (23-80) from the field which included 15% (3-20) from
the 3-point line.
The Golden Eagles had their hands full tonight with the Cougars of the
University of Saint Francis (Ind.) but Cornerstone defended very well and
limited the Cougars to just 28.7% shooting from the field while making 50.9% of
their shots to defeats USF 80-71 to claim their 2nd National
Championship. The game featured 10 ties
and 8 lead changes over the course of the game.
USF got out to a fast start and built a 14-6 lead with 13:48 on the
clock. Cornerstone responded with an quick
11-2 run to take a 17-16 lead with 10:14 left in the half. The Cougars regained the lead (26-25) with
5:50 on the clock. Cornerstone would
retake the lead at 4:33 on a Kelvin DeVries 3-pointer and the Golden Eagles
would keep the lead through the rest of the half and would go into the locker
room with a 3-point (31-28) advantage over USF.
The Cougars would take their last lead (32-31) of the night just :45
seconds into the 2nd half.
Caleb Simons put the Golden Eagles back on top at 18:46 with a 2-point
shot in the paint. The Cougars would
battle back to tie the game four more times (37-37 at 17:13, 53-53 at 9:17,
55-55 at 8:13, and 58-58 at 6:52) but they would not see the lead again in the
game. Cornerstone pushed the lead to as
much as 10 points (73-63 with 1:56 left in the half) and would finish with an
80-71 victory to claim the National Championship. Ronald
Bates led the Golden Eagles today by recording his first double double (25
points and 12 rebounds) of the season. Kelvin
DeVries and Caleb Simons were both named All-Tournament with Caleb being the
Player of the Tournament. Coach Kim
Elders was named Coach of the Year. The
Golden Eagles finished the year with a record of 34-4.
The Golden Eagles will return home tomorrow night between 9-11
p.m. The team will be honored on
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Mol Arena.