University community welcomes historic basketball champions home
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 19, 2014) –The Golden Tigers men’s basketball team returned home to a big welcome from the university tonight. A crowd was waiting as the bus carrying Tuskegee’s first NCAA Division II South Region champion team arrived in front of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.
The Golden Tigers defeated the Delta State Statesmen, 80-59, for the win on Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla. It is the first South Region championship victory in the history of Tuskegee’s program. Tuskegee has made three other appearances in the NCAA II playoffs, in 1959, 1979, and 2010. The closest that the Golden Tigers have come is third in South Region play in 1979.
The celebration continued inside and featured the Marching Crimson Pipers band, cheerleaders, and Golden Essence dance team. Also, Acting Tuskegee University President Dr. Matthew Jenkins presented the players and coaches with certificates of appreciation. Later, the team showed off its newest trophy to the crowd and asked for everyone’s support as they prepare to face competition in the Elite 8 for the first time.
"This team is on a mission and that mission is to be the last team standing," said TU basketball coach, Leon Douglas.
Tuskegee will face the Metropolitan State University Roadrunners (30-1) of Denver, Colo., winner of the NCAA II South Central Region. The game between the Golden Tigers and the Roadrunners will tip off at 2:30 p.m. CST at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., on March 26. The Roadrunners are from the Rocky Mountain Conference.
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