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PREVIEW: Cougars Begin National Tournament Play Monday - Cleveland State Community College - Cleveland State Community College

PREVIEW: Cougars Begin National Tournament Play Monday

PREVIEW: Cougars Begin National Tournament Play Monday

Men's Basketball begins NJCAA Tournament play on Mar. 18 in Hutchinson, Kan. fresh off of their dramatic March run that earned them a TCCAA title and the chance to play for a National Championship. They face ninth-seeded Casper College in the first round on Monday at 1:00 ET.

The Cougars have won four straight and five of their last six games. They last played on Mar. 5, when they defeated Roane State 70-58 in the TCCAA Championship game. Cleveland State is now 15-15 after this strong stretch of games.

Casper College, located in Casper, Wyo., has won 15 straight games and last lost on Jan. 16th at Sheridan College 98-87. They are 32-2 overall. They won the Region IX championship, winning their title on Mar. 9 after defeating Sheridan 87-74.

This is the Cougars' first national tournament appearance since 1989 and the Thunderbirds' first since 1996.

Cleveland State is seeded 24th overall and would face eighth-seeded Ranger College, out of Ranger, Texas, if they win on Monday.



Tuesday, March 5 at #8 Roane State, W 70-57 (TCCAA Tournament @ Cleveland State)

Monday, March 4 vs. #6 Columbia State, W 70-66 (TCCAA Tournament @ Cleveland State)

Sunday, March 3 at #2 Motlow State, W 92-76 (TCCAA Tournament @ Cleveland State)



*NJCAA National Tournament, Hutchinson, Kan., March 18-23

*Tournament is single-elimination and next games are tentative.


CSCC Team Leaders:

PPG: Delaino Walker, 16.4

APG: Demonte Person, 3.9

RPG: Delaino Walker, 7.3


CC Team Leaders:

PPG: Issac Bonton, 21.1

APG: Issac Bonton, 5.6

PRG: Wilfried Likayi, 7.9


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