Men's basketball goes back-to-back

February 22, 2016 | 9:59 AM

For the second straight year, MacMurray is the co-regular season conference champion, sharing the honor with Greenville College, both with 12-6 records in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC).

Due to a tiebreaker, MacMurray College will host the 2016 SLIAC Tournament, which begins Thursday, Feb. 25, as the Highlanders take on Spalding University at 8 p.m. in Bill Wall Gymnasium. It is the first time that MacMurray has hosted the SLIAC Tournament since 1993.

This is the first time in Highlander history that the men’s basketball program has earned back-to-back regular season champions. The program has taken the title only five times, with the last two championship teams led by current Head Coach Todd Creal.

“This is a true testament to our two seniors,” said Creal. “Losing four seniors last year who were an integral part to our team, it really shows how much Kollin Keltner and Deavis Johnson have stepped up for us. They have done a tremendous job, and I hope we earn the opportunity to go further.” The winner of the SLIAC Tournament earns a place in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament.

Westminster College and Spalding University earned the third- and fourth-place seeds, respectively. The semifinal games begin at 6 p.m. as No. 2 Greenville will take on No. 3 Westminster. The No.1 Highlanders are scheduled to play at 8 p.m. against No. 4 Spalding University.

The winners of Thursday’s games will meet back in Bill Wall Gym on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. for the conference championship. 

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