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Men’s basketball defeats reigning NCAA Division III champions

A win over the nation’s top-ranked team was a highlight for the men’s basketball team, which tied for fourth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference while fashioning a 14-12 overall record.

tim tierneyTransylvania took on No. 1 and two-time defending NCAA Division III national champion Washington University in St. Louis in the first round of the College of Wooster Invitational in late December. Paced by the game-high 25 points of senior guard Tim Tierney (right), the Pioneers led by as many as 17 in the second half before settling for a 73-69 win.

Other notable victories included a 75-69 overtime road win over traditional power Maryville College and a 76-72 win over HCAC rival Anderson University at Anderson when the Ravens were ranked No. 13.

“The toughest games on our schedule were the games where we played the best,” said head coach Brian Lane ’90. “But because of the overall difficulty of our non-conference schedule, we never really understood how good we could be. Six of those teams wound up in the NCAA tournament, and Wooster and Carthage University made the Sweet 16.”

Transy finished with a 10-6 record in the HCAC, good for a tie for fourth place. In the first round of the conference tournament, the Pioneers lost to Manchester College 64-57 to end the season.

Tierney was named to the All-HCAC first team for the second straight year after leading Transy in scoring with a 13.2 average and assists with 85. A four-year starter, he completed his career with 1,083 points, good for 35th on the school’s all-time list.

The other top player was first-year guard Barrett Meyer, the second leading scorer with an 11.5 average. He set school and HCAC single-game records when he poured in 11 three-point baskets in 12 attempts against the College of Mount St. Joseph in a 92-63 Pioneer win. His 33 points against the Lions was a single-game high for a Transy player last year. Meyer’s overall play earned him the HCAC’s Freshman of the Year award.

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