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Clark Atlanta to Throw Huge Celebration for 2017 SIAC Championship Men's Basketball Team

Posted on Thursday, March 09, 2017

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Contact: Mario Boone
404-880-8558
404-987-0949 (cell)
mboone@cau.edu

ATLANTA (March 8, 2017)Clark Atlanta University is throwing a gigantic celebration for its men's basketball team Thursday, March 9 at 3:30 p.m., in Epps Gymnasium, and the entire community is invited.  CAU captured its fifth SIAC Championship March 4 by defeating Fort Valley State University 64-62 after a thrilling 3-pointer by Chuka Eneh with just seconds on the clock.  The title victory propelled CAU to the NCAA Division II tournament as the No. 8 seed, one of only three HBCUs to make it to the big dance.

 It was the first championship for NBA legend Darrell Walker in his first year as Panthers head coach.  The victory marks a significant turnaround for the team, which in its previous season scored only nine wins.  Walker was also named Coach of the Tournament by the SIAC.  Prior to joining CAU he played several seasons in the NBA before becoming an assistant coach and head coach with the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks.  

The championship win comes as the spotlight is being sharply focused on all of CAU Athletics after more than 60 percent of its athletes, known as scholar-athletes, earned a 3.0 or higher GPA during both semesters in 2016.  There were ten scholar-athletes who scored a perfect 4.0 GPA.  These major accomplishments signify a new day for CAU sports programs under President Ronald A. Johnson's theme of "Lifting Every Voice." 

The men’s basketball team will depart immediately following the celebration as they head back to Alabama to take on the NCAA Div. II South Region's No. 1 seed, The University of Alabama in Huntsville Saturday, March 11.  A fan bus will transport CAU students to Huntsville to support the Panthers.  For more information on the trip, contact Student Affairs at 404.880.8428 or email rwarner@cau.edu.

Category: Students, Athletics
Keywords: CAU Men's Basketball, SIAC