Berkeley College Men’s Basketball Team Wins Third Consecutive USCAA Division II Championship

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End 2016-2017 Campaign 29-0 with Dramatic 80-76 Overtime Victory;
Knights Continue Winning Streak of 53 Games

Photo Caption: The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team won its third consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Saturday evening, March 5, 2017.

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The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team captured its third consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship on Saturday evening, March 5, 2017, outlasting the No. 6-seeded Nittany Lions of Penn State York by a score of 80-76 in the title game of the championship contest held on the campus of Penn State Fayette.

With the victory the Knights ended their unblemished 2016-2017 season at 29-0, while becoming the first team to win three straight USCAA crowns. Berkeley College also extended its program winning streak to 53 consecutive games.

To read all of the game details in the story by Stephen Spagnoli, Berkeley College Assistant Athletic Director, click here.

“During the preseason, the coaching staff, the student-athletes, and I – we all had the same primary goal – the same dream – and that was to be standing on this court celebrating a USCAA Division II National Championship,” said Chris Christiansen, Berkeley College Head Coach. “I am so proud of the heart, determination and grit exemplified by these young men here this evening. They went after this Championship with every fiber of their beings, and they were rewarded for that diligence … This will be a memory we will all cherish for the rest of our lives. I couldn’t be more proud of these student-athletes and coaches.”

Player highlights of the game for the Berkeley College team included the USCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, Massiah Merritt, who scored a team-high 28 points, collected four rebounds, tallied three steals, and added two assists. Second Team All-American Stephon Jennings scored 10 of his 16 points in overtime while snatching nine rebounds, adding six assists, and tallying two steals. Ricardo Ayuso contributed 11 points, and Emmanuel Osama connected on his first four shot attempts, finalizing his night with eight points, five rebounds, and three steals.

Last week, The New York Times published a story about the ongoing success of the Berkeley College Knights, highlighting what drives the players as student-athletes. Click here to read The New York Times story.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 8,000 students – including more than 550 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are five campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For four consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is

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