Trailing by as many as 18 points, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks stunned the Cabrini (PA) Cavaliers 63-60 in Salem, Virg. to give Whitewater its third NCAA Championship.
UW-Whitewater senior Chris Davis hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 55 with just over three minutes left, then scored the go-ahead bucket on an 18-foot jumper to give UW a 59-57 lead...their first lead since leading 6-4 early in the first half.
Trailing 47-29 with 14 minutes to play, UW went on a 17-2 run, thanks in part to freshman Quardell Young, who finished the game with 10 points off the bench.
Cabrini's John Boyd led all scorers with 18 points, and Aaron Walton-Moss added 14 points and eight boards off the bench. Walton-Moss recorded a double-double in every tournament game.
Cabrini held Davis to only 12 points after he averaged just over 25 PPG the rest of the tournament, but he still led all Warhawks in scoring, with Alex Merg and Alex Edmunds each chipping in 11 points of their own.
UW-Whitewater beat Northwestern College (MN), defending Division III champion St. Thomas University (MN), Wheaton College (IL), and Virginia Wesleyan College before defeating MIT in the NCAA Division III Final Four.
UW-Whitewater's other NCAA Championships came in 1984 and 1989.
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