April 8, 2013
Amazing season ends with heartbreaker; Basketball Bash Thursday
MSU Denver’s men’s basketball team ended their season with a heartbreaking 74-73 loss to Drury University (MO) for the NCAA Division II national championship on Sunday. The Roadrunners had led the Panthers for nearly the entire game.
MSU Denver was ahead 73-67 at just under the 4-minute mark, but Drury followed with seven unanswered points. The Roadrunners were unable to score on two field goals and two free throws in the remaining minutes despite an offensive flurry under the net in the last seconds.
“While we are all disappointed, the loss does not diminish the incredible season our Roadrunners had,” says MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “The team won several awards, including Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year for Head Coach Derrick Clark and second team All-America for Jonathan Morse. Perhaps even more important is the way the team brought the MSU Denver community together and the pride their achievements engendered in all of us.”
The Roadrunners end their season 32-3, one win shy of a school record. Read more about the game here.
The University will hold a Basketball Bash with free pizza and sodas on Thursday, April 11, at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Success Building Courtyard. Former Nuggets coach and player and MSU Denver Trustee Bill Hanzlik will emcee.
“I hope everyone will take a few minutes to attend the Basketball Bash and show the team how much their amazing run for the title meant to everyone,” says Jordan.
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