SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Spring Arbor University men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship. The No.5-seeded Cougars fell to No. 4-seed Oklahoma Wesleyan University 70-68.
It came down to the final seconds but Oklahoma Wesleyan survived a hard-fought battle inside the Sanford Pentagon after a potential game-winning 3-pointer by Payton DeWildt rimmed out.
It was the second straight appearance in the tournament for Spring Arbor, who won the national championship a year ago. The Cougars finished the season with an overall record of 20-13 – the third straight 20-win campaign.
Two major milestones occurred during the game. DeWildt became the third Cougar this season to reach 1,000 career points while senior Paul Marandet became the program’s all-time leader in assists (755), passing SAU Athletic Hall of Fame member Micah Lancaster’s record of 751 set from 2002-06.
FINAL SCORE: Spring Arbor 68, Oklahoma Wesleyan 70
LOCATION: Sanford Pentagon | Sioux Falls, S.D.
RECORDS: Spring Arbor 20-13, Oklahoma Wesleyan 26-8