Mention the words "college" and "basketball" and "national championship" together around here, and most people naturally assume you're talking about the Triangle's well-known varsity programs.
But basketball is played at the recreational level on college campuses, too, and a team from N.C. State produced a national championship this past weekend.
The N.C. State Wolfpack Men's Club Team won the American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Championships basketball tournament played Friday through Sunday on the Raleigh campus.
Fifty-three team from 14 states competed in the tournament, which had men's club and intramural divisions and a women's overall division.
For the Club Division title, N.C. State defeated Southside Virginia Community College 55-41, getting 13 points from tournament MVP Taylor Payne.
The Women's Overall Division championship went to the Illini from the University of Illinois with a 46-27 victory over N.C. A&T 1st Ladies. Alyssa Novak led the Illini with 12 points, and tournament MVP Rachel Buchek had seven points.
Another North Carolina team, N.C. A&T Undisputed, won the Men's Intramural Division title, defeating Fayetteville State University @@WTL 58-30. Tournament MVP Jeremy James paced Undisputed with 20 points.
American Collegiate Intramural Sports National Championships
April 30-May 2
N.C. State, Raleigh
N.C. State 59, DePaul 53
Southside Virginia Community College 49, Delaware 32
N.C. State 55, Southside Virginia Community College 41
All-tournament team: Jay Lewis, N.C. State; Griffin Wilson, N.C. State; Jayvon Lockett, Southside Virginia Community College; Homer Denson, Depaul; Warren Poetzing, Depaul; MVP, Taylor Payne, N.C. State
Fayetteville State @@WTL 56, Elizabeth City State 35
N.C. A&T Undisputed 69, Iowa 55
NC A&T Undisputed 58, Fayetteville State @@WTL 30
All-tournament team: Farod Morales, N.C. A&T; Darshawn Johnson, Fayetteville State; Caleb Recker, Iowa; Anthony Butler, Elizabeth City State; Jamaal Pittman, Ivey Tech; MVP, Jeremy James, N.C. A&T
Illinois 39, Northern Iowa Athletes 30
N.C. A&T 1st Ladies 46, Winston-Salem State 27
University of Illinois 46, N.C. A&T 1st Ladies 30
All-tournament team: Kierra Walker, N.C. A&T; Nelia Olsen, Northern Iowa; Blessing Onwuchewa, Missippi State; Alexa Mennen, Northern Iowa; Sarah Geisler, Illinois; MVP, Rachel Buchek, Illinois
Divisional Pool Most Valuable Players
Men’s Club Division
Oshoke Umolu, DePaul
Marcellus Upshaw, Ohio State
Griffin Wilson, N.C. State
Women’s Overall Division
Kierra Walker, N.C. A&T
LaToya Armstrong, Winston-Salem
Rachel Buchek, Illinois
Melissa Mitchell, Henderson State
Nelia Olson, Northern Iowa
Men’s Intramural Division
Caleb Recker, Iowa
Darshawn Johnson, Fayetteville State
Anthony Butler, Elizabeth City State
Fared Morales, N.C. A&T
Jarvis Williams, N.C. State
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