SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) -- Darius Hargrove scored 22 points to
help defending champion Virginia Union beat Seattle Pacific 68-63
on Thursday night in the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
Brad Byerson added 14 points and 16 rebounds and Chris Green
also had 14 points for Virginia Union (29-6), which will face
Winona State in the title game Saturday. Winona State beat
Stonehill 83-73 in the second semifinal.
"It's just great to have the opportunity to play in a title
game. We're just a small church school in Richmond, so anytime
we're on national TV, it's a great for our school, for our
enrollment, for everything," Virginia Union coach Dave Robbins
Drew Matzen led Seattle Pacific (26-6) with 19 points, and Tony
Binetti had 17.
Virginia Union scored the final five points of the game, and was
15-of-24 from the field in the second half.
"I thought we got some good looks down the stretch and we just
didn't convert them. We need to do that to be competitive,"
Seattle Pacific coach Jeff Hironaka said. "Give them credit. They
have been here before. They hit big free throws and got the
rebounds they needed."