UW-Oshkosh wins NCAA DIII national championship

UW-Oshkosh senior guard Ben Boots is congratulated by fans after returning home as NCAA Division III National Champions.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WBAY) - UW-Oshkosh is on top of the NCAA Division 3 basketball world after beating Swarthmore College 96-82 Saturday night to claim the program's first national championship.

"It mean's everything. It's been the goal all along. Ever since day one. Every since I was recruited to come here. A National Championship is all that me and all of my teammates have worked for and to finally accomplish that is something that I'll never forget and I'll cherish for the rest of my entire life," UW-Oshkosh senior guard Brett Wittchow said.

"So many things have to go right and for it to actually happen. It's things that you just dream of," UW-Oshkosh Interim Head Coach Matt Lewis said.

"It's a perfect ending for me. Not a better way to go out," Boots said.

The Titans were led by Appleton West product Jack Flynn's titanic effort in scoring a career-high 33 points.

UWO built an 11-0 lead early, maintained a double-digit edge most of the first half, survived a Swarthmore run to get within 3 points late in the first half, and then built a decisive 2nd-half edge en route to triumph.

The Titans took things one step further after finishing national runner-up last season.

"From where we were last year it was kind of a letdown. Getting so close and then to get all the way back and to win it in such a dominant fashion is just amazing. It's really awesome. We are really proud of ourselves," UW-Oshkosh senior guard Ben Boots said.