Babson defeated Augustana 79-78 to win the team's first national championship

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Babson's men's basketball team won its first NCAA Division III National Championship title by defeating Augustana 79-78 on Saturday, March 18. With the victory, Babson finishes its season at 31-2 overall and claims the College's first national championship since men's ice hockey in 1984. 

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"The Babson community is proud to celebrate and congratulate the Babson men's basketball team—the new NCAA Division III National Champions," said Babson President Kerry Healey. "It has been an incredible season for the Beavers and we are thrilled to see hard work, dedication and talent rewarded with a national title—the first for Babson men's basketball! This team is made up of impressive scholar athletes who are leaders both on and off the court, and we are so excited to celebrate this achievement with our entire campus community."

Babson faced Augustana in the Division III national title game on Saturday, March 18 at 6:07 p.m. at the Salem Civic Center in Salem, Virginia, after a stunning victory over Whitman College in the Final Four. The Beavers rallied from a 25-point deficit to earn a win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Whitman.

Babson’s Men’s Basketball 2017 National Champions

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By Shannon Sweeny,, (781) 239-4621 | 03/19/2017 04:00