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Drury Panthers to Play for the NCAA-II Title in Championship Game Sunday

The basketball game will be nationally televised on CBS; tipoff is at 3:00 CST
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A roster photo of the 2012-13 Drury Panthers basketball team. (Photo provided by Drury University)

The Drury Panthers men’s basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division II National Championship game in Atlanta. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.

The Panthers defeated the defending national champion Western Washington 107-97 Saturday in Louisville, and Sunday, April 7 they’ll play for the top honor in college basketball:  they’ll face off with third-ranked Metro State, which is 32-2 this year. The seventh-ranked Panthers are now 30-4 and have chalked up 22 consecutive victories—a school record.

Drury Head Basketball Coach Steve Hesser says the team is back in Springfield, and will leave for Atlanta Wednesday.

“We tell them to enjoy the journey.  Let’s soak this in, and let’s enjoy it. With that in mind, we still have a game to play. And when it’s time to get prepared, let’s get prepared—but other than that, let’s enjoy it.”

Hesser says he attributes much of this year’s success to experience on the court.

“Our starting guards are four-year starters. And obviously, that’s very critical in the game of basketball – to have good guards, and more importantly than good guards, guards with experience,” Hesser said.

 The title game will be nationally televised on CBS from Atlanta. Tipoff is at 3:00 p.m. Central Time.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Davidson.

ANCHOR TAG:   And Drury University has cancelled day classes Monday, April 8, to allow Drury students, faculty and staff to travel to and from Atlanta safely for that ballgame.  All Springfield classes after 5:00 pm, and all Drury branch campuses will go on as scheduled for April 8.