SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI – The Multnomah University Lions finished off an incredible three week run to end the season on Wednesday night with a 124-106 win over the host school Central Bible College Spartans. Both teams lost in the opening round of the tournament and were playing their last game of the season.
MU opened the first half on fire by knocking down 19 first half three pointers on their way to a 74-53 halftime lead. David Walker needed 7 three pointers to break the MU school record of 139 in a season held by Tyler Yates. Walker took care of that with 6 minutes to go in the first half as the sophomore guard nailed 9 bombs in the first half. Austin Hodges, playing in his final game for the Lions, nailed 4 real long three’s early in the half as well. MU finished the half with 19 makes on 45 attempts.
In the second half, both teams went up and down the floor as the Lions added 12 more three pointers to finish with 31 makes out of 82 attempts on the night in the 124-106 final. Kirk Hanson coached his last game for the Spartans after 34 years at the helm at CBC. Hanson won 3 national championships during that span.
Multnomah finished the year with an 18-20 record. It was only three weeks ago that MU was 9-18 on the year. The 9 out of 11 wins to finish the year was an incredible run. MU became the second team in college basketball history to hit at least 600 three’s on the year with 625 makes. The 2009 MU team is the record holder with 651 makes. The 31 makes in the game was an NCCAA tournament record.
Earlier in the day, Austin Hodges was named an NCCAA First Team All-American. David Walker made Honorable Mention and also was an Academic All American. Austin Hodges and Seth Coleman played in their final game for MU, combining to hit 9 three pointers between them.
SCORING: J. Coleman – 6, Walker – 37, Mendoza – 22, S. Coleman – 9, Johnson – 5, Bustrin – 14,
Hodges – 21, Sansone – 11, Paris - 2