Christendom College

Crusaders Earn Respect of NCAA Opponent and Fans

December 7, 2017

Christendom’s men’s basketball team hit the big stage last week, playing against NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University. The game marked one of the biggest opponents ever for the Crusaders, and also went down as the first time a Christendom athletic game has been shown on a sports network.

The Crusaders played NCAA Division I North Carolina Central University last week.

Playing on a bigger stage was exciting for all the players involved, along with the team’s new coaching staff. While the Crusaders did not come up with a victory, they left with something perhaps more important: the respect of the players and NCCU’s athletic department.

“Not often spectators cheer for both teams, but #NCCU fans enjoyed & applauded the energy & effort of @ChristendomVA MBB team,” said NCCU Athletics’ Twitter account after the game. “NCCU students even asked to take a photo with them. #Respect.”

The enormous heart of the players showed on the court, with fans of NCCU even cheering for the Crusaders throughout the game, particularly when sophomore Michael Urankar sunk his four 3-pointers throughout the game. The Eagles invited the Crusaders to return next year, marking the beginning of a new connection between both college athletic programs.

While the schools could not be more different in terms of size, they united based on mutual respect and love of the game.

Watch the full game here.

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