Two-Time Champions: Berkeley College Men's Basketball Team Claims Second USCAA Division II National Title


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Knights Stake Claim as Greatest Team in the College’s History with 24 Consecutive Wins

Berkeley KnightsOn March 5, 2016, the Berkeley College Knights earned their second consecutive United States Collegiate Athletic Conference (USCAA) Division II National Men’s Basketball title by defeating Central Penn College by a score of 107-88. The victory was the 24th consecutive win for the Knights this season – the longest winning streak by any team in the College’s history. 

“All season, our student-athletes remained humbled through all victories while working diligently to ensure that they gave themselves the best chance to win the next game,” said Chris Christiansen, Head Coach. “Their actions and execution on the court spoke louder than their words. This victory iced a monumental campaign characterized by the players’ teamwork, ability to withstand adversity, and willingness to buy into the concept of team-first basketball. These attributes and abilities are the traits of true champions.” 

The historic 2015-2016 season featured a number of highlights. Consecutive triumphs for the Knights extended to last season, where the team boasts a record of 35-1 in its last 36 games. Earlier this year, the team also captured the 2016 Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) Championship, which marked the eighth HVIAC title since program inception. 

Coach Christiansen was voted HVIAC Co-Coach of the Year, while players Keenan Langston, Massiah Merritt, and Stephon Jennings received both HVIAC All-Conference and USCAA All-American status. Player Alessandro DeAngelis was also tabbed for the USCAA National All-Academic team, boasting a 3.9 grade point average. 

Meet the Team: Click here to watch some of the Berkeley College Knights talk about their season on BRIC TVClick here to read an interview with standout player Keenan Langston. 

The two-time champions will be the guests of honor at an upcoming celebration at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. The team will receive its championship rings later this year. 

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate 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 a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ. 

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year.  The website address

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