The SBU Bearcats defeated Central Missouri, 66-57, to win their 2nd regular-season MIAA Championship in three seasons.
Matt Rogers scored 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Bearcats. D’Ante Harris added 15. Senior Jim Grabowski, who was honored in a "Senior Night Ceremony" added 10 points.
"It’s a sweet feeling," said head coach Jeff Guiot. "I’m happy for the players and especially Jim. These kids have worked hard from day one. They’ve just had great attitudes and I couldn’t be prouder. We were getting good shots, they just weren’t falling. But then in the 2nd half they started dropping for us."
SBU shot 25.7% in the first half, but shot 41.4% in the 2nd half, totaling 32.8% for the game. Central shot 27.9% during the game. SBU out-rebounded a physical Central team 54-47.
SBU, ranked #23 nationally, was perfect at home this season, with a 15-0 mark in Bolivar.
The win gives the Bearcats a 20-6 overall record, a 13-4 MIAA record, a regular-season MIAA Championship, and a guaranteed #1 seed in the MIAA Tournament.