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Champions in Our Hearts

Crimson HawksIUP’s Crimson Hawks made school history when the team made it to the championship game of the NCAA Division II tournament following a stellar 33-3 season.

The Crimson Crazies and hundreds of IUP fans made the trip to Springfield, Mass., for the tournament. While the Crimson Hawks fell to Cal Poly Pomona 65-53, the Hawks are still IUP’s champions, as noted on the sign below. The team joined community scholar-athletes for a celebratory parade on April 6 and then were honored by Governor Ed Rendell with a special luncheon in Harrisburg on April 8.

Crimson CraziesIUP’s Darryl Webb (number 15, above in the NCAA championship game) is the first IUP men’s basketball player named to an All-American Team since 2002 with his selection to the sixteen-man State Farm Coaches’ Division II All-America team, sponsored and voted on by the members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

See a photo gallery from the NCAA Division II national championship game on March 27, 2010, in Springfield, Mass., available on the Hawk’s Nest website.

Photos by Richard Orr Sports