FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Trey Barber scored 25 points — such as a driving layup as time expired — and grabbed ten rebounds, Jahn Hines scored 18 points and Christopher Newport beat Mount Union 74-72 Saturday to win the very first NCAA Division III championship in system history.

The Captains (30-three) ended their season with a 15-game win streak, dating to a 64-59 loss to then-No. two Randolph-Macon College — the defending national champion — on Jan. 11.

Barber was ten-of-15 shooting and had his eighth double-double of the season. Caleb Furr tied his profession-higher with 4 three-pointers on as quite a few attempts to finish with 12 points and Matthew Brodie also scored 12 points for Christopher Newport.

Christian Parker scored ten points in a 12-four run that culminated with when his layup with 17 seconds left gave Mount Union a 70-69 lead. Ty Henderson converted a 3-point play 4 seconds later to place the Captains back in front by two points, Parker scored inside to make it 72-all with four.two seconds left but Barber took the inbounds pass, calmy worked the ball up the court and drove the suitable side of the lane just before he kissed a contested buzzer-beater off the glass.

Parker scored a profession-higher 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds with two steals and two blocks for the Purple Raiders.

Mount Union’s Jeffery Mansfield hit a three-pointer to make it 54-all with six:51 to play but Furr answered with a corner three just 12 seconds later and, just after Parker scored inside to pull the Purple Raiders back inside a point, Furr created a different from behind the arc to give Christopher Newport a 60-56 benefit with six minutes to play.

No. three Mount Union (30-three), which created its very first national championship look in system history, had its 14-game win streak snapped and lost for the very first time because a 74-72 defeat at then-No. eight John Carroll on Jan. 25.

Darrell Newsom hit a three-pointer that gave Mount Union a 26-12 lead with 5 minutes left in the very first half but the Captains scored 14 of the subsequent 17 points to trim their deficit to 3 points at the break.

Christopher Newport enhanced to 9- this season when behind at halftime. The Captains, who shot just 20.1 % from the field and created two of 12 from three-point variety in the very first half, hit 19 of 37 from the floor (four of 7 from behind the arc) just after intermission.

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