SAN DIEGO — You'd have to say the odds were against Point Loma Nazarene College going into Saturday night's National Christian College Athletic Assn. championship game against Tennessee Temple University at Chattanooga.
Tennessee Temple, after all, was the tournament's top-ranked team, and had a 17-game winning streak. The game also was being played at home, where Tennessee Temple hadn't lost in 14 straight games.
Point Loma center Deon Richard scored 23 points--making 10 of 15 shots from the field--and had 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to a 74-69 win over TTU. Point Loma Nazarene, which shot 66% from the floor (27-41) also received 13 points apiece from the Steve Bruce and Dave Davis, who came off the bench to spark the Crusaders.
Tennessee Temple gained an 8-0 at the outset. Point Loma didn't score until Bruce hit a 10-foot jumper with 15:10 to play in the first half to make it 8-2.