March Gladness: Berkeley College Men's Basketball Team Captures First National Title

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Knights defeat Penn State Mont Alto with 57-55 overtime win


March Madness is upon us, however a local college team has already won a national championship. The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team captured the College’s first-ever United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II National Championship on March 7, 2015, defeating the Nittany Lions of Penn State Mont Alto by a score of 57-55 in overtime. 

The thrilling triumph was the Knights’ 11th consecutive win, and concluded an impressive three-day run through the USCAA National Basketball Tournament that included a triple-overtime victory over St. Joseph’s College of Vermont the day before. 

In the win for the Knights, Kenton Chan-Man scored 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds and tallying three steals. Additionally, Keenan Langston netted 15 points while snatching nine boards and playing all 40 minutes, and Stephon Jennings contributed seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Finally, Alessandro DeAngelis chipped in with six points, five rebounds, and four blocks. 

The victory was a fitting finale for the Knights, who won 22 games this season, including 11 in a row. The team boasts two USCAA First-Team All Americans (Chan-Man and Langston), a USCAA Academic All-American (DeAngelis) and a USCAA Honorable Mention All-American (Massiah Merritt). 

The Knights also won the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Championship on February 22, 2015. Coach Chris Christiansen has led the Knights to seven HVIAC Championships in 10 years (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015). 

Berkeley College began competing nationally in the USCAA in 2011. Under Coach Chris Christiansen’s guidance, the Knights have qualified for four consecutive appearances in the Division II National Basketball Tournament, finishing in fifth place in 2011, second place in 2012, and third in 2013. In 2014, the team qualified for the play-in round. 

Additionally, Coach Christiansen has extended his leadership philosophy to his players off of the court through several community-based efforts. Those efforts include hosting youth basketball clinics, one at a middle school in Washington Heights, and the other at a homeless shelter on the Lower East Side of New York City. 

The USCAA Division II National Championship Knights include: 

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