Vanguard defeated Hope International 90-80 to win the GSAC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship for the first time since the conference tournament began in 1994.
Vanguard has earned the GSAC's automatic bid to the NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship which will take place in the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri, March 19-25.
The Lions were led by GSAC Player of the Year Preston Wynne with 24 points and 5 assists. Hope International's Matt Green (left) was the game's leading scorer with 32 points.
The championship tournament pairings will be announced via a live, free video show at www.naia.org tomorrow at 6:00 pm PST. The link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start.