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The Run for the Championship

March 9, 2010—The men’s basketball team is enjoying one of its finest seasons in years. After winning the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship game March 6, 2010, the Crimson Hawks earned the top seed—and hosting rights—in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Atlantic Region tournament March 13 and 14. This marks the men’s first PSAC title since 2004 and their first hosting of an NCAA regional tournament since 2002.

Can’t get enough of the Hawks? Watch our men’s basketball video or view a slide show from earlier in the season. Find details about the regional tournament at IUP at Basketball Playoffs 2010.

Video by Bill Hamilton, photography by Keith Boyer, game footage courtesy of IUP-TV

The Run for the Championship

Watch highlights of the IUP Crimson Hawks men’s basketball team, 2010 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champions. Coach Lombardi and the players talk about their roles and share what it's like being part of a successful basketball team. Lombardi talks about the difference between being good and being great: “In order to achieve something that you never have, you have to do things that you've never done before.” 1:32, 10.2 MB

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Head coach Joe Lombardi talked with junior forward Darryl Webb, left, and sophomore guard Ashton Smith during the Crimson Hawks’ January 27 game against California.

Head coach Joe Lombardi talked with junior forward Darryl Webb, left, and sophomore guard Ashton Smith during the Crimson Hawks’ January 27 game against California.

Heading down the court during the Crimson Hawks’ January 27 game against California was sophomore guard Ashton Smith, of Scarborough, Ontario.
Heading down the court during the Crimson Hawks’ January 27 game against California was sophomore guard Ashton Smith, of Scarborough, Ontario.

The Crimson Hawks hosted Gannon on March 2 for the PSAC quarterfinals. The result was a 62-53 win for the Hawks.
The Crimson Hawks hosted Gannon on March 2 for the PSAC quarterfinals. The result was a 62-53 win for the Hawks.
Junior guard Kevin Stewart, of Philadelphia, headed down the court during IUP’s March 2 game against Gannon.

Junior guard Kevin Stewart, of Philadelphia, headed down the court during IUP’s March 2 game against Gannon.
Taking on defenders from Gannon was senior guard Thomas Young, of Philadelphia.

Taking on defenders from Gannon was senior guard Thomas Young, of Philadelphia.

Junior center Willi Estrella, of the Dominican Republic, tried to outreach his defender on a shot.
Junior center Willi Estrella, of the Dominican Republic, tried to outreach his defender on a shot.

Trying to find a way to the basket was junior forward Darryl Webb, of Elkridge, Md.
Trying to find a way to the basket was junior forward Darryl Webb, of Elkridge, Md.
Rising above his defenders was senior forward Akida McLain, of Pittsburgh.

Rising above his defenders was senior forward Akida McLain, of Pittsburgh.
Off balance, sophomore guard Ashton Smith got a shot off against Gannon defenders.

Off balance, sophomore guard Ashton Smith got a shot off against Gannon defenders.

Reaching for the basket was junior forward Darryl Webb.
Reaching for the basket was junior forward Darryl Webb.

Closely defended by Gannon, senior forward Akida McLain eyed the basket.
Closely defended by Gannon, senior forward Akida McLain eyed the basket.
Taking aim with his jumpshot was senior forward Akida McLain.

Taking aim with his jumpshot was senior forward Akida McLain.
Going up for the basket was junior center Willi Estrella.

Going up for the basket was junior center Willi Estrella.

Trying to get a shot off against a Gannon defender was sophomore guard Ashton Smith.
Trying to get a shot off against a Gannon defender was sophomore guard Ashton Smith.

Watching the Gannon game intently were the men’s basketball team’s devoted fans, dubbed the Crimson Crazies.
Watching the Gannon game intently were the men’s basketball team’s devoted fans, dubbed the Crimson Crazies.
Trying to outreach his defender was senior guard Thomas Young.

Trying to outreach his defender was senior guard Thomas Young.
Joining the Crimson Crazies to cheer on the team was Norm, the Crimson Hawks’ mascot.

Joining the Crimson Crazies to cheer on the team was Norm, the Crimson Hawks’ mascot.

Dribbling through defenders was senior guard Thomas Young.
Dribbling through defenders was senior guard Thomas Young.

Sophomore guard Julian Sanders, of Medford, N.J., stuck to his man on defense.
Sophomore guard Julian Sanders, of Medford, N.J., stuck to his man on defense.
The home crowd cheered on the Crimson Hawks.

The home crowd cheered on the Crimson Hawks.
 

IUP cheerleaders raised their pompoms in approval.
IUP cheerleaders raised their pompoms in approval.

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