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(3-20-18) Former Rock Valley College Men’s Basketball Coach Craig Doty has done it again. Doty built the Golden Eagles into a NJCAA D III  national power by winning multiple national championships, now he is doing the same at Graceland (Iowa) University for the Yellowjackets.

Doty, in just his second season at GU, has put the program into their first ever championship game and has come away with a NAIA DI title beating LSU-Alexander 83-80 on an overtime buzzer beater. It is the first in Yellowjacket history.

The ‘cherry on the top’ play of the game featured former RVC All-American and Jefferson J-Hawk LT Davis when he drove to the basket bringing two defenders with him and ten dishing it off to Justin Harley who hit a 3-ball at the buzzer and a 83-80 win and a National title.

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Davis was named the Tournament MVP and to the All-Tournament team for his performance in the tournament.

Doty, named NABC Coach of the Year,  continues to show that he can coach at any level, with Graceland he did it with just six scholarship players (same as NAIA DII schools). He also did it with numerous RVC connections, including coaches and players.

All Tournament Team: Stevie Clark, LSU Shreveport; Shadell Millinghaus, Georgetown; Terrell Thompson, William Penn; JC Washington, William Penn; Will Nelson, Graceland; Jeremy Deemer, Graceland; LT Davis, Graceland; Will Claiborne, LSU Alexandria; Jordin Williams, LSU Alexandria; Brandon Moss, LSU Alexandria.


Chuck Taylor MVP: LT Davis, Graceland
Charles S. Stevenson Hustle Award: Dom Robinson, Montana Western
Dr. James Naismith-Emil S. Liston Team Sportsmanship Award: Montana State-Northern
Chuck Walden Memorial Award: Scott Thompson and Julia Robinson, Tricension
NABC Division I Player of the Year: Ryan Imhoff, Carroll
NABC Coach of the Year: Craig Doty, Graceland

 Date: 3/20/2018           Arena: Municipal Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm             City, State: Kansas City, MO                      

VISITOR: Graceland (Iowa) (29-10)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT           REBOUNDS  
NO PLAYER               P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP  A TO BK  S    MIN
 1 Harley, Justin       F  3   5  2   3  0   1   1   9  10  1  8  5  1  2  2  44:56
23 Nelson, Will         F 12  21  4   5  2   2   4   8  12  2 30  0  0  0  1  38:23
24 Deemer, Jeremy       C  4   8  0   1  3   6   4   6  10  4 11  1  4  0  1  44:47
 2 Davis, LT            G  6  17  5   9  5   6   1   5   6  3 22  6  7  0  0  41:16
12 Payton, Dalton       G  1   5  1   5  4   4   0   1   1  4  7  2  2  1  1  37:39
 3 Dembley, Jordan         1   2  1   1  2   2   0   2   2  1  5  2  4  0  0  17:46
 5 Limbada, Waseem         0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   0:13
TEAM REBOUNDS                                    4   4   8           2          
Team Totals               27  58 13  24 16  21  14  35  49 15 83 16 20  3  5    225

Total FG%  - 1st: 12/25  0.480 2nd and OTs: 15/33 0.455  Game:  0.466   Deadball
3-PT FG%   - 1st:  6/12  0.500 2nd and OTs: 7/12  0.583  Game:  0.542   Rebounds
Total FT%  - 1st:  6/8   0.750 2nd and OTs: 10/13 0.769  Game:  0.762     (3,0) 

HOME: LSU Alexandria (La.) (29-8)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT           REBOUNDS  
NO PLAYER               P FG FGA FG FGA FT FTA OFF DEF TOT PF TP  A TO BK  S    MIN
11 Vickers, Chris       F  1   5  1   4  0   0   1   1   2  3  3  1  2  0  2  29:12
15 Claiborne, William   C  7   9  0   0  4   5   3   1   4  3 18  2  0  1  0  30:21
 4 Stove, Anthony       G  3   5  0   1  0   0   0   1   1  0  6  2  0  0  0  15:17
10 Feraci, Joseph       G  1   3  1   3  0   0   1   2   3  0  3  0  0  0  1  14:27
23 Williams, Jordin     G 10  26  8  17  3   4   0   5   5  3 31  2  1  0  2  45:00
 1 James, Jr., Shannon     4   8  0   1  0   2   0   3   3  3  8  5  2  1  2  30:38
 2 Smith, Evan             0   0  0   0  0   0   0   0   0  0  0  0  0  0  0   1:09
 5 Brinkley, Trent         0   1  0   0  2   2   1   0   1  1  2  0  0  0  2  15:03
21 Moss, Brandon           3  17  0   4  1   2   2   4   6  0  7  2  1  4  2  33:44
30 Thomas, Donovan         0   0  0   0  2   2   1   1   2  0  2  0  0  1  0  10:09
TEAM REBOUNDS                                    3   1   4           1          
Team Totals               29  74 10  30 12  17  12  19  31 13 80 14  7  7 11    225

Total FG%  - 1st: 12/36  0.333 2nd and OTs: 17/38 0.447  Game:  0.392   Deadball
3-PT FG%   - 1st:  4/13  0.308 2nd and OTs: 6/17  0.353  Game:  0.333   Rebounds
Total FT%  - 1st:  0/0   0.000 2nd and OTs: 12/17 0.706  Game:  0.706     (3,1) 

Technical Fouls: GU (0)  
               : LSUA (0)  

OFFICIALS      : Jeff Pon   Josue Nieves   David Carter
ATTENDANCE     : 6377

ENHANCED SCORING             FstBrk OffTov Paint  2ndCh  Bench 
            Graceland (Iowa)   6      8      24     10     5   
        LSU Alexandria (La.)   9      24     32     3      19  

SCORE BY PERIODS              1st    2nd    OT1   TOTAL 
            Graceland (Iowa)   36     36     11     83  
        LSU Alexandria (La.)   28     44     8      80  

Last FG: Graceland (Iowa) OT1- 0:00, LSU Alexandria (La.) OT1- 1:10
Largest lead: Graceland (Iowa) by 13 2nd-13:28, LSU Alexandria (La.) by 5 1st-17:44
Score tied: 8 times, Lead changed: 11 times

 

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