Jaylen Franklin could not cover his feelings after Abilene Christian’s climb to its first NCAA Event was full.
Jaren Lewis had 20 factors and 6 rebounds, Franklin added 16 points and six assists, and the Wildcats beat New Orleans 77-60 on Saturday night time to win the Southland Conference championship.
Following the final buzzer, Lewis and Franklin hugged and Franklin cried a bit, whereas Abilene Christian coach Joe Golding ran round on the lookout for somebody to hug.
“In the summertime, we advised ourselves, this was our last journey, so for our seniors, we needed to go out the suitable approach,” Franklin stated. “We have been very emotional because it was four years here, and we could not go to the postseason. This implies so much.”
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Lewis shot 10 of 17 from the sector.
“All the emotions got here out because it was a testomony to a variety of exhausting work and a number of struggles, especially in our early years,” Lewis stated. “We took plenty of losses and discovered a variety of classes. It was good to see it culminate in right now.”
Hayden Farquhar had 14 factors and eight rebounds, and Joe Nice scored 14 points for Abilene Christian (27-6). The Wildcats gained their sixth straight, capturing 56 %.