Posted by - Mon, Mar. 24, 2008 - [Men's Basketball]
Kansas City, MO - Campbellsville's run through the NAIA National Tournament came to an end with a 75-64 semi-final loss to Oklahoma City University tonight.
"We're not scared of anybody," said C.U. Coach Keith Adkins after the game. "I thought the biggest difference in this game was that Oklahoma City has been in this position before while we had never had the experience of a Fab Four. We played a little tight, more like we were trying to keep from making mistakes than being aggressive like we were through the first three games we played in this tournament," he added.
As a team, Oklahoma City shot 54 percent for the game (27-of-50) while holding Campbellsville to just 37.5 percent from the floor (24-of-64). Monday's win was the 14th in a row for the Stars, who now hold the longest active win streak in NAIA Division I. The victory also helped Oklahoma City avenge a 76-57 loss at Campbellsville back on Nov. 24.
"This was a great effort, no complaints," said Campbellsville head coach Keith Adkins. "We will leave here with a big smile on our face. I give our guys credit. We battled but we just didn't get the breaks."
Campbellsville, which was making its first appearance in the NAIA Fab Four, finished its season with an overall record of 26-10. Senior guard Bubba Long led all scorers with 21 points for the Tigers, while senior forward Nestor Colmenares contributed 13 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
Campbellsville's Fab Four appearance sets the stage for the 2008-09 basketball season when the team returns four starters from this season, plus All-American Zach Allender will be back after a redshirt year. With Colmenares vying for All-American status this season, the Tigers could have two first team pre-season All-Americans on the roster as the season begins this fall. Add three key players who came in off the bench this year and toss in some new recruits and the Tigers would appear to be one of the early favorites to win the title next season.
Campbellsville finished 26-10 this season. It marked the third straight year the team has won 26 or more games.