Graceland University used a strong second-half performance to defeat Louisiana State University–Shreveport, 87-80, in the semifinals of the of the 81st Annual NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship Monday night at Municipal Auditorium.
Quoted in the KCStar: “This is bigger than basketball for Graceland University,” coach Craig Doty said. “This is about a university. This is about a community. This is about an alumni base that is strong.
“You saw our community come out and support us. This was a home game for us. We probably drew 3,000 people here from a town of 2,200.”