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NCAA Men's Division III : North Park Wins Another Title

March 22, 1987|Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Forward Michael Starks scored 30 points as fifth-ranked North Park of Chicago beat No. 7 Clark of Massachusetts, 106-100, Saturday night in the NCAA Division III championship game.

Starks, named the tournament's most valuable player, scored 13 points as North Park took a 55-30 halftime lead and added 10 early in the second half to help the Vikings go ahead, 71-41.

Starks' twin brother, Myron, scored 18 points for North Park.

Clark, which had committed 19 first-half turnovers, got rolling late in the second half. Junior guard Kermit Sharp scored 10 points in a span of 2:04 to get the Cougars within 91-79 with 5:09 left.

Sharp fouled out less than a minute later, but Clark continued the rally and chipped the deficit into single figures. Myron Starks made two free throws and a dunk in the final minutes to keep North Park safely ahead.

It was the fifth national title for North Park, which claimed three championships in 1978-79-80 and won another in 1985.

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