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Multnomah University Lions Win West Region Championship

2/26/2013

Basketball Team Earns ACCA & NCCAA Berths

PORTLAND, OREGON - The Multnomah Lions played in their first NCCAA Region championship game in 6 years on Saturday afternoon, beating the #1 seed Portland Bible College 110 to 102. The Lions earned the chance to play PBC on their campus for the banner by beating West Coast Baptist on Friday night 116 to 111.
 
This is MU’s first regional championship since 2007. During the Lions’ 5-game winning streak at the end of the season – the longest winning streak in the last 10 seasons - they averaged 122 points per game.

ACCA & NCCAA National Championships

MU will be playing in two National Championship Tournaments: The ACCA, February 27 – March 2, in Joplin, MO and the NCCAA, March 5-9, in Springfield, MO.

Association of Christian college athletics (ACCA) national championship

  • Dates: February 27 - March 2, 2013
  • Location: Joplin, MO
  • Host School: Ozarks Christian College 
  • Number of Teams: 12
  • MU Seed: 5th 
  • MU First Game: Wednesday at 7:15 local time vs. Emmaus
  • MU Tournament History: 2012 Third Place
  • Tournament Bracket

National Christian college athletic association (NCCAA) national championship

  • Dates: March 5-9, 2013
  • Location: Springfield, MO
  • Host School: Central Bible College
  • Number of Teams: 12
  • MU Tournament History: 2007 8th Place
  • MU Seed: 9th 
  • MU First Game: Tuesday March 5th at 6:00vs. Manhattan Chr. College
  • Live Stream
  • Tournament Bracket

West Region Game Recap

The quick turnaround had the Lions shooting poorly to begin the game until David Walker hit 4 straight three pointers in the first half to tie the score at 26. PBC went on a run and had a 6 point lead until MU’s Stevie Sansone nailed a jumper before the half to put MU down 4 points at 43-39.
 
The second half started off poorly for MU as they struggled on both defense and offense. Portland Bible stretched the lead to 13 points with 13 minutes to go when MU took a timeout. At that point the game turned around as MU outscored PBC by a 31 point margin to take an 84-66 lead that they held on to the very end. The Lions won the NCCAA West Region championship by a score of 110-102, scoring 71 points in the second half.

Scoring

Freshman Stevie Sansone came off the bench to score 28 points and Walker added 25. Austin Hodges scored 15 points in the second half. The Lions went 8 for 11 from the three point line in the second half, and 14 for 33 for the game. Five players scored in double figures.
 
 

Lions Players and Coach Win Conference Awards

Austin Hodges was named the MVP of the West Region and David Walker made first team. Erik Mendoza and Steve Bustrin were named to the 2nd team all-region. Coach Curt Bickley was named the West Region Coach of the Year.

More Information

For more information about Multnomah University's athletics programs, including men's basketball, women's volleyball, and intramurals, contact the Athletics Department at 503-251-5395 or athletics@multnomah.edu.
 
For more information about Multnomah University, contact Kristin Kendall at 503-251-6452 or procom@multnomah.edu

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Seattle, Washington. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.