A crowd of over 3,000 people packed the streets of Warrensburg and the Multipurpose Building Arena to celebrate the Central Missouri Mules’ 2014 Men’s Basketball National Championship. The Mules claimed their second NCAA-II National Championship and their fourth national title overall with an 84-77 win over West Liberty (W.Va.) on Saturday in Evansville, Ind.
The crowd lined the streets of Warrensburg as the team rolled through campus and into the arena. Once inside the arena, the team was greeted in the locker room by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
Once inside the arena, the team and fans were greeted by thousands of screaming fans, performances by the UCM pep band, cheerleaders and Mulekickers. UCM President Dr. Chuck Ambrose, Senator David Pierce, Athletic Director Jerry Hughes and Governor Nixon all spoke to the crowd. A highlight video of the Mules’ national championship run was played on the arena videoboard. Seniors Jon Gilliam and Elite Eight Most Outstanding Player Daylen Robinson spoke to the crowd before head coach Kim Anderson wrapped up the night.
UCM players and coaches signed autographs for all the fans in attendance. Here’s a video from UCM’s Instagram page showing the packed Multipurpose building.