D-III National Championship: Amherst Win Streak Ends With A National Championship

By Anthony Lenahan
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There is only one team that ends every single year on a winning streak and that is the team that wins the national championship.  This year, UMass-Amherst took a 23-game winning streak in the national championship game and their 24th straight win earned them a national title.

Senior guard, Willy Workman now gets to face his greatest fear.  A fear not many would expect to be someone’s biggest one, but one that now he has to face.  Workman answered the question posed to him by his assistant coach with, “The guy at the factory will get my size wrong for my championship ring.”

If it wasn’t for Workman’s play in today’s championship game, he wouldn’t have to face his fear.  A double-double from Workman was enough to lead his team to an 87-80 victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor.

The Lord Jeffs depth and talent was just way too much for Hardin-Baylor to handle.  Four players had 14+ point for Amherst including the national player of the year.

The game was played in Atlanta due to the 75th anniversary of March Madness, but the bright lights didn’t stop the best team from shining.

Today’s win from Amherst capped off the most remarkable season in school history and second title in history.  They finished the year tied for the most wins in school history.

None of these accomplishments were ever in jeopardy for the Lord Jeffs today as they lead comfortably throughout the entire game.

With a national title, Amherst gets a shot in college basketball history, but also they get to witness Workman face his greatest fear.

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