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« on: March 23, 2010, 03:41:43 PM »

 NCCU CENTENNIAL SPORTS HISTORY: DID YOU KNOW?



Men's Basketball Wins First NCAA Team National Championship at NCCU
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The Eagles celebrate the 1989 NCAA men's basketball national championship title.
 
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DID YOU KNOW? On March 25, 1989, in the NCAA Division II men's basketball national championship game in Springfield, Mass., North Carolina Central University defeated Southeast Missouri State, 73-46, to capture the school's first NCAA team national championship.

The 27-point margin of victory set a new NCAA championship game record; one that still stands today.

After defeating Norfolk State (67-64) and Virginia Union (60-55) to win the regional title, the Eagles edged Sacred Heart, 58-57, in the national quarterfinals when Dominique Stephens made the first of two free throws with no time remaining. In the semifinals, NCCU cruised past Jacksonville State, 90-70.

Three Eagles, Miles Clarke, Antoine Sifford and Dominique Stephens, were selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, while Clarke earned Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.

Head coach Michael Bernard was named Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

As a team, NCCU led the nation (NCAA Division II) in scoring defense (56.0 points allowed per game) and field goal percentage defense (38.9 percent). The Eagles finished the season with a record of 28 wins, 4 losses.

Members of the 1989 national championship team were Charles Alston, Fred "Pop" Bennett, Henry Canty, Miles Clarke, Jeffrey Hayes, Joel Hopkins, Eric Jackson, Derrick Johnson, Derrick Leak, Adrian McKinnon, Marvin "Rat" Reed, Antoine Sifford, Dominique Stephens, Kelrick Thompson, Curtis Watkins, Head Coach Michael Bernard, Assistant Coach Gregory Jackson and Assistant Coach Ron Woodard.

As part of North Carolina Central University's Centennial celebration, the NCCU Department of Athletics will post sports history facts from the institution's first 100 years to its official web site, http://www.NCCUEaglePride.com, every week during the year-long observance.

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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2010, 09:20:24 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 11:03:04 PM »

That's what I'm talking about!!!  clap clap
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 11:48:15 PM »

That was a great Easter weekend in Springfield, Mass in 1989.  Only about 50 NCCU fans were there that weekend but we were extremely loud.   Grin  clap   bow
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010, 07:42:22 AM »

That was a great Easter weekend in Springfield, Mass in 1989.  Only about 50 NCCU fans were there that weekend but we were extremely loud.   Grin  clap   bow


This is when I really started following NCCU sports.  I was a recent graduate at the time; but sadly, I had no idea NCCU was in the championship game. Cry  I have the dvd though. clap
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 08:39:56 AM »

That was a great Easter weekend in Springfield, Mass in 1989.  Only about 50 NCCU fans were there that weekend but we were extremely loud.   Grin  clap   bow


This is when I really started following NCCU sports.  I was a recent graduate at the time; but sadly, I had no idea NCCU was in the championship game. Cry  I have the dvd though. clap

Shame on you for not knowing that.    nono2   no  Were you living in Durham at the time? 
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 09:25:03 AM »

Hell, I was still in school and did not know they were that deep into the playoffs. Granted that was the semester that I pledged but we crossed at the end of February.

I guess since they did NOT win the CIAA tourney and most, if not all, of the playoff games were on the road, basketball season was basically over for the on-campus crowd....until the week of parties AFTER the championship that is!
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 09:35:50 AM »

Hell, I was still in school and did not know they were that deep into the playoffs. Granted that was the semester that I pledged but we crossed at the end of February.

I guess since they did NOT win the CIAA tourney and most, if not all, of the playoff games were on the road, basketball season was basically over for the on-campus crowd....until the week of parties AFTER the championship that is!

I would blame the athletic dept at that time for NOT getting the word out.  What were they thinking at the time?
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 09:40:41 AM »

Remember Chris Fisher was SID and Hank Lattimore was AD at that time.  I was very aware of what was going on with the basketball team and I lived in Louisville, Kentucky at that time.  I attended all of the playoff games except for the first one against Norfolk State in Norfolk.  There were chartered buses to the regional playoffs in Norfolk.

It was reported in the newspaper that the football team was still on campus practicing for spring football.  After we won the national championship it was reported that it was the football team that greated the basketball team and staff at the RDU airport on that Sunday afternoon.
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2010, 12:04:42 PM »

That was a great Easter weekend in Springfield, Mass in 1989.  Only about 50 NCCU fans were there that weekend but we were extremely loud.   Grin  clap   bow


This is when I really started following NCCU sports.  I was a recent graduate at the time; but sadly, I had no idea NCCU was in the championship game. Cry  I have the dvd though. clap

Shame on you for not knowing that.    nono2   no  Were you living in Durham at the time? 

Yes, I was living in Durham at the time.  I remembered being surprised after hearing about the victory and then feeling bad for not being there to support them.  During that time, it was all about Duke in the papers and news.  I vow to never be out of place again. 
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2010, 12:22:03 PM »

ep,

I have the newspaper articles from the Durham Herald - Sun and the Springfield, Mass newspaper permanently lamenated from all of the regional and Elite Eight games.  The championship game was taped delayed broadcasted on ESPN at midnight that Saturday night.  The fans in Springfield contirbuted money to have a championship celebration catered by the hotel after the game.  At midnight all of the fans were in front of TVs to watch that glorious event all over again.   Grin   Grin   clap   bow
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2010, 01:40:05 PM »

That was a great Easter weekend in Springfield, Mass in 1989.  Only about 50 NCCU fans were there that weekend but we were extremely loud.   Grin  clap   bow


This is when I really started following NCCU sports.  I was a recent graduate at the time; but sadly, I had no idea NCCU was in the championship game. Cry  I have the dvd though. clap

Shame on you for not knowing that.    nono2   no  Were you living in Durham at the time?  

Yes, I was living in Durham at the time.  I remembered being surprised after hearing about the victory and then feeling bad for not being there to support them.  During that time, it was all about Duke in the papers and news.  I vow to never be out of place again.  

Were you in Springfield, Mass in 1993?
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