Cornerstone University won its’ third NAIA DII National Championship Tuesday defeating Dakota Wesleyan 66-45 in Point Lookout, MO.
The Golden Eagles gave up the opening three points but scored 17 of the next 19 on their way to a 22-point halftime lead against the Tigers, 41-20. Shooting 57% from the field (50% 3pt FG) and holding the nation’s leading scoring offense (87 ppg) to 20 first-half points let everyone in the building know Cornerstone had come to take home the trophy. Although the Tigers came out with a flurry of offense to start the second half, the Golden Eagles never let their lead slip below 15 points while cruising through the rest of the contest, winning their third national championship and second in the last five years.
Cornerstone’s Kyle Steigenga (Fr./ Holland, MI) scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while being named the Tournament MVP. Ben Lanning led the team with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. They were both named to the All-Tournament First Team, along with Travis Wells.
“Cutting down the nets never gets old – I am so proud of these guys because they worked so hard all year and they believed they could be here to do this tonight” said coach Kim Elders, who won his second NAIA DII Coach of the Year award.
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