After 44-year wait, OBU again tops in NAIA hoops

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma Baptist players and fans are celebrating the Shawnee university's first NAIA basketball title in 44 years.

The Bison arrived back on campus Wednesday afternoon, clutching the championship trophy they won the night before, when they beat Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 84-83 in Kansas City, Mo.

About 150 fans stood in front of the Noble Complex to greet the team. Some sprayed silly string while others threw confetti as the players exited their bus while Queen's "We Are The Champions" blared from a loudspeaker.

Bison senior Nate Brumfield was named the NAIA Division I player of the year and coach Doug Tolin received national coach of the year honors.

The NAIA basketball title was the second for OBU but the first since 1966. The Bison also have lost five times in the national championship game.

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