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NCAA College Basketball

Tuesday, 8 March, 2011 9:52 PM

WSU Men's Basketball win GLIAC, go to NCAA Regional

Photo by Ben Amato

The WSU Men's Basketball Team poses for a photo with the GLIAC Championship Trophy.

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Wayne State University won the men’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball championship with a last second tip-in by Mike Hollingsworth over Ferris State 73-71. It was the first GLIAC title for WSU veteran coach, David Greer. “It was a great game in a great college basketball atmosphere. It’s just unfortunate somebody had to lose this game,” said Greer.

This was the first GLIAC title for WSU (22-7) since 1999. A sophomore guard, Hollingsworth tipped in a missed Warrior shot with 1.5 seconds left for the heroics. Hollingsworth scored the last 10 of 12 points for Wayne State and finished with 22.

Senior Bryan Smothers was the tourney’s MVP and Hollingsworth was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Warrior’s got to the championship game by beating ninth ranked, University of Findlay (24-4) 73-64.

The GLIAC crown win puts WSU in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. Ironically, they will face Ferris State again on Saturday at noon. Ferris won their first meeting also in Big Rapids on February 17, 78-66.

Wayne State will have to stop two time GLIAC player of the year Justin Keenan. The Ferris State senior had 25 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game.

WSU players that got season honors to the All-GLIAC squad were Hollingsworth and Smothers. Senior Ike Udanoh and Smothers also got conference recognition for being defensive specialists. Jerry Oden is the only other senior on this years WSU team.

For more information, go to www.wsuathletics.com and www.gliac.org.

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