The Hesston College men’s basketball team secured a trip to the 2015 NJCAA Division II National Tournament, with a thrilling 77-69 win over Kansas City Kansas CC March 7.
Seeded second in the Region VI tourney, Hesston blasted Highland CC 71-51 on Tuesday, March 3, to advance to the championship. The Larks shot an impressive 18-of-32 (56.8 percent) from the field against KCK, including 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from long range. Hesston’s bench outscored KCK 33-19 and forced a dozen turnovers.
Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five rebounds to lead the way for Hesston. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 14 points with five assists. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) contributed 10 points and six boards. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
The Larks now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Ill., March 17 to 21. This marks the team’s first appearance in the national tournament since 1990.
The Larks will face Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at tournament host Danville (Ill.) Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street. The Larks are guaranteed two games, playing in the second round at either 1 or 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, with possible games on Friday and Saturday. See complete tournament information. Sessions are $8 for adults, $4 for students and $45 for a full tournament ticket. Children under 6 are free. Games will be live streamed via NJCAA TV, and the streaming link can also be found on the Hesston College website.
A reception for alumni, players and their families will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at Red Lobster, 3217 Vermillion St, Danville. President Howard Keim will give a college update and Coach Dustin Galyon will share comments on behalf of the team. Appetizers and soft drinks will be served and contributions for reception costs are welcome. RSVP by March 17 to attend. Contact the Alumni Relations office with questions toll free at 866-437-7866 or email@example.com.
President Howard Keim, athletic director Joel Kauffman and other college staff will be in attendance at Wednesday’s game and will visit with alumni and prospective students from 10 to 11 a.m., in the stands behind the Lark bench. Get a gift to show your Lark spirit and sit with other fans.
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