ELLENDALE, North Dakota—Your Faith Eagles are headed to the NCCAA Division II National Tournament after another thrilling, come from behind victory in the regional final with a 74-64 win over Trinity Bible College.
Trinity, the host school for the region, was riding a wave of late-season success with two consecutive upsets over Central Christian College and Calvary to reach the final game. Playing on their home court, the upset-minded Lions gave the Eagles all they could handle for 39 minutes before Faith pulled away in the last 60 seconds.
It was a close game from start to finish with five ties and 12 lead changes. The Eagles built a five-point lead with 8:36 to go in the first half before Trinity ended the half on a 17-7 run to take a 40-35 lead into the locker room.
Trinity built a nine-point lead (its largest lead of the game) with 12:12 to play, but true to form this entire postseason, the Eagles rallied to regain the lead at 62-61 with 5:13 remaining. Trinity tied the game on the ensuing possession with a made free-throw, but Nathan Keck answered with two free-throws of his own on the following play, and the Eagles never trailed the remainder of the game.
Keck led all scorers with 29 points and chipped in a game-high 15 rebounds for good measure. The Eagles shot just 36.3 percent from the floor (6-of-24 from three), but crushed Trinity on the glass, outrebounding them 50-30, with 20 offensive rebounds.
Faith heads to the national tournament in Joplin, Missouri, where they will play their first-round game on Thursday, March 12. Time and opponent to be determined. The Eagles will attempt to win the school's first-ever national championship on the same court it won the conference title one week ago.