Men's Basketball Crowned Conference Champs, Set to Host NCAA Opening Rounds
On Sunday afternoon, the Swarthmore College men's basketball team traveled to Baltimore and stunned Johns Hopkins University with a massive second-half comeback to take home the Centennial Conference Championship, winning by a score of 76-73. The Garnet, who were most recently ranked 15th in the nation by D3hoops.com, trailed by 13 points at halftime before outscoring the seventh-ranked Blue Jays, 49-33, in the final period.
With the victory, Swarthmore earned its sixth consecutive bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament and will host two rounds at Tarble Pavilion this weekend. The Garnet face off against SUNY Delhi on Friday, March 3 at 7:10 p.m. and the winner of that contest will play either St. John Fisher University or Whitworth University on Sunday, March 4.
Vinny DeAngelo ’24 was crowned Tournament Most Valuable Player after recording a game-high 26 points in the final — including 22 points in the second half — to secure the victory for Swarthmore.
The Garnet are no strangers to postseason success; under the direction of head coach Landry Kosmalski and his staff, the team has reached the conference final in seven consecutive seasons and won three titles in that span. During that time, the squad has also posted an 11-4 record in the NCAA Tournament, including an appearance in the national championship game in 2019.
For details on the upcoming NCAA Tournament games, including information about tickets, parking, and event coverage, please visit the Swarthmore Athletics website.