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Saint Francis magical NAIA title run comes to an end

KANSAS CITY, MO (FORT WAYNE'S NBC) - Saint Francis guard, Antwaan Cushingberry scores a team-high 22 points in the NAIA semifinal, but Shawnee State closes out the game winning, 82-77.

The Cougars and Bears were all locked up at 40 at halftime.

Both teams came out with an edge.

The Blackhawk grad gets in on the action, uses his spin move and scores to cut Shawnee State's lead to just one, 43-42.

Cushingberry drains a three to tie the game once again, this time at 45.

The Cougars go on a run, leading by 6 points with 14 minutes remaining in the game.

Bears step up their defense. James Johns races down the court to score the layup with just under 8 minutes to go. This bucket gives Shawnee State the lead by one.

Carroll grad, Dan McKeeman answers with back-to-back three points shots down the stretch. He finishes with 16 points and four assists.

With under five minutes left, James Jones goes to the free throw line and again flips the lead to the Bears. This time it sticks.

The Cougars run at NAIA National Championship falls short in the semifinals.

Saint Francis will return a bulk of their roster for next season, so the hopes for the 2022 trophy are realistic.

Megan Salle

Megan Salle is the Sports Reporter and Weekend Sports Anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC.

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