PLNU’s Men’s Basketball Captures First NCAA West Regional Championship – ‘Best in the West’

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“Perhaps Most Significant Game Ever Played in Golden Gym”

by Griffin Aseltine / LomaBeat / March 20, 2019 

In perhaps the most significant game ever played in the Golden Gymnasium, it felt as if the Saint Martin’s Saints would never go away, as they found a way to cut the PacWest champion Sea Lions’ slimming lead down to just four points with nearly 15 seconds remaining.

But on the Saints’ next possession, a three-point attempt was missed and senior forward Preston Beverly of the Sea Lions secured the critical rebound with less than seven seconds left.

It was at that moment when the majority of the sold-out crowd of 1,828 applauded and cheered in celebration, knowing that history was about to be made on March 18, 2019. After two free throw attempts by Beverly and one final desperation heave by the Saints, the Sea Lions sealed the 60-54 victory to capture the NCAA Division II West Regional title, the first-ever by any PLNU sports team.

“Congratulations to Saint Martin’s on a fantastic season,” said third-year Sea Lions Head Coach Ryan Looney. “They’ve got great players, they’re extremely well-coached, have a ton of toughness. They obviously created a lot of adversity for us in the game, and I’m really proud of our guys… they were mentally tough enough to battle through all of it.”

To put Monday night’s victory into perspective, there are three conferences in the West Region—the PacWest, the Great Northwest Athletic, and the California Collegiate Athletic Association. These conferences combine for a total of 36 teams in the West Region. The Sea Lions were the one team to come out on top.

“For me, coaching Division II, we’ve been in a lot of these tournaments. This is the first time we’ve gotten over the hump,” said Looney. “When we first came and started recruiting all these guys, there wasn’t necessarily a ton of rich tradition in Division II with Point Loma basketball. I’m thankful to all of them because they believed in the vision I tried to set, and they come and just work at it everyday… I’ll forever be grateful to all of them.”

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