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Update: Men’s Basketball Advances to Title Game

The men's basketball team celebrates with a trophy

Update 3/16/19: The No. 6 Garnet (29-3) defeated No. 9 Christopher Newport University Captains (29-4) by a score of 70-63 in Friday night's Final Four game. The Garnet contained the Captains, holding them to just 32.3 percent from the floor for the game. Swarthmore, meanwhile, shot 49.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Watch a livestream of tonight's game against Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

A 14-game winning streak has carried the Swarthmore men’s basketball team into the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Tournament, and this Friday, the Garnet will face Christopher Newport at 6 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Ind., with a berth in the national title game on the line. Should Swarthmore advance, they would face the winner of University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh and Wheaton (Ill.) on Saturday at 7 p.m. All games will be held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

If you are unable to see the game in person, live stats and a video broadcast are available online. The College also invites members of the community to attend a watch party on Friday afternoon in Science Center 101 for pizza, wings, and other snacks. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and at 6 p.m. Saturday should the Garnet advance.

The team is the subject of a feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which details the rise of the program under head coach Landry Kosmalski and the team culture that has led to this success:

“The energy in the gym Monday was contagious. Whether Swarthmore was working on fighting for space inside (45 seconds) or protecting the rim (40 seconds) or one-on-one defense, with emphasis on ‘no surrender, no crack’ (2 minutes), players paid absolute attention to each task. There was nothing ‘Division III’ about it.”

Kosmalski also spoke with Matt Leon of KYW Newsradio about the opportunity to play in the Final Four:

For updated information and scores throughout the weekend, visit Swarthmore Athletics.

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