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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 2:04 PM
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Howard University Men’s Club Basketball National Champions

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2013) – The Howard University men’s club basketball team, known as 1867, won the NIRSA National Championship for Club Basketball. 1867 defeated Butler University, 50-49, in the national final game, held at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. on April 14.

 “It’s an amazing accomplishment for both the students and the University,” said Victor Montgomery, head coach of the men’s club basketball team. “To see their hard work, especially the seniors who have been committed to the program since their freshman year, finally pay off is a very gratifying experience.”
Howard University started off the tournament on Friday with a win against North Carolina State University and later defeated the University of Delaware, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Penn State, and Ivy Tech to advance to the title game. In that game, Howard trailed Butler 30-17 late in the first half, but the Howard team rallied in the second half to within seven points of the lead.
Down the stretch the Bison scored the game’s final 8 points, 6 of which were scored by senior Maurice Young, the team’s co-captain. Young hit the game-winning jumper with eight seconds remaining to seal a 13-point comeback for the national championship win. Howard finished the season with a 28-4 record ranked #1 in the country.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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