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Defiance College wraps up fantastic season; loses to Wisconsin-Whitewater in NCAA Tournament

courtesy of Defiance Athletics

Defiance at the Wooster Regional (DC)

The Defiance College Yellow Jackets saw a six-point lead slip away in the last two minutes of the second half  last Friday in the NCAA Tournament in Wooster, Ohio. The number 8 Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks ended the game with a 10-0 run to win, 75-71.

Defiance played hard the entire 40 minutes and actually outplayed the much taller and more physical Warhawks squad behind a career effort from Nick Sales. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year led all scorers with 27 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and four assists to power the Defiance attack.

The inspired effort of Sales in the paint allowed the Yellow Jackets to win the battle of the boards against the Warhawks, while outscoring them by a 40-28 margin in the paint.

Defiance Yellow Jackets (DC)

The 10-0 run to end the game propelled Wisconsin-Whitewater from a 71-65 deficit with two minutes remaining to a 75-71 victory to advance  into the NCAA Second Round. The Warhawks are 23-5.

Defiance (23-6) ends its record-setting 2009-2010 campaign with a defeat but will go out with one of the finest seasons in the program’s Division-III history. The Yellow Jackets 23 wins are a school record in the Division III era, while it also earned the 26th conference championship and fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

Defiance College’s six-man senior class will also leave a lasting and memorable legacy, as Nick Sales, Mike Floyd, Nate Conley, Heath Armstrong, Eric Stolly and Josh Stuckey end their collegiate careers as the winningest class in the school’s Division-III era with 77 victories, two HCAC Championships and one NCAA bid.

Defiance and Wisconsin-Whitewater (DC)

The group will also leave its mark as individuals, as Heath Armstrong boasts the second-best career free throw percentage with his .845 percentage. Mike Floyd ranks second all-time in program history with 502 assists and Sales ends his stellar collegiate career ranking 16th in Defiance College history with 1,383 points, fourth in rebounds with 833, second in blocked shots with 79 blocks and first with a .605 career field goal percentage.

Looking ahead to 2010-2011, the Yellow Jackets is set to return 11 players from the current team, with Anthony Brown and Brandon Campbell returning from the starting five, as well as top reserves Logan Wolfrum, Kyle Tietje and Kevin Tietje.

Brandon Campbell will return in 2010-2011 (DC)

Defiance wins Heartland Conference; NCAA Tournament is next

Heartland Conference (DC)

March Madness has begun at Defiance College and it’s men’s basketball program as they’ve drawn Wisconsin-Whitewater in the opening round of the NCAA III National Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets (23-5) earned their way to the Big Dance for the fourth time in school history by rallying to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship with wins over number 6 Franklin, number 2 Hanover and number 1 Anderson. By winning the conference tournament, Defiance won the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and earned the 26th conference championship in the program’s history.

Nick Sales led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game during the three HCAC wins and was named as the 2010 Tournament MVP. He was joined on the HCAC All-Tournament Team by Anthony Brown and Logan Wolfrum.

The NCAA tournament committee selected Defiance to compete at Wooster, Ohio on the campus of  the College of Wooster. The Yellow Jackets will play the number 8 Warhawks of UW-Whitewater in the opening round on Friday. Wisconsin-Whitewater went 22-5 overall and will be making its 16th appearance into the national tournament in search of its third national championship.

HCAC Tournament Champions (DC)

Wooster (23-5) and Grove City (19-8) will play in the other game on Friday, with two opening round winners playing on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner from Saturday’s clash will the advance into the Sweet 16.

Led by Nick Sales, Defiance College rolls in Heartland Conference

Barberton O., native Nick Sales has been one of the leaders for the Defiance College Yellow Jackets this season. He leads the team with 374 points or 15 ppg as a senior forward in Sports Management.

Defiance plays in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with Anderson, Hanover, Manchester, Transylvania, Franklin, Mt. St. Joseph, Rose-Hulman and arch-rival Bluffton.

The past three games, Sales has led the Yellow Jackets to wins over Bluffton, 70-60 last Wednesday, 73-60 over Franklin on Saturday and Tuesday February 23 another win over Franklin, 92-78 in the conference tournament.

The Bluffton game marked the final regular season home contest for Defiance College’s six-man senior group, as Sales,  Mike Floyd,

Nick Sales Defiance (DC)

Eric Stolly, Nate Conley, Josh Stuckey and Heath Armstrong improved to 73-31 during their four years at the northwest Ohio school.

Seles now has over 1,300 points for his career and became the fifth player in DC history with at least 1,200 points and 800 rebounds in a career. The Yellow Jackets are 21-5 overall, 11-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Defiance has advanced to the conference tournament semi-finals on Friday at 6 p.m. vs. number 2 seed Hanover.

Defiance College voted 31st in country; hosts Bluffton Wednesday

By “Joe Big Head” Coopersmith

MSN Staff Writer

Wednesday night will be a “Black Out” for host Defiance College against Bluffton on Wednesday. On Monday, the men’s basketball college netted eight points in the latest national poll from www.D3hoops.com. It marked the sixth time this season that DC has earned votes in the national poll.

Defiance, 18-5 on the season after an 83-64 win over Mount St. Joseph. That win also allowed the team to move up one spot in the poll. The Yellow Jackets was one of only 36 teams from around the nation to receive points in the week 11 poll, logging eight for the 31-st highest total.

The Wednesday meeting between Defiance and Bluffton will be thee 184th all-time between the long-time rivals on the hardwood, the Jackets owning a 122-61 record.

“Black Out” night  will be the final home regular season game for Defiance’s six-man senior class that has gone 72-31 in its four years with the program. Heath Armstrong, Nate Conley, Mike Floyd, Nick Sales, Eric Stolly and Josh Stucke have led DC to a .699 winning percentage during the last four years for the best record since the class of 1987 posted a .711 clip on an 84-34 mark. The 2010 senior class, which will be honored prior to the start of Wednesday’s game, has won at least 17 games in four seasons, qualified for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in each of the four campaigns and is the first class to graduate with more than 70 wins at Defiance in over 20 years.