Epic Carnival | Where Sports and Pop Culture Collide: D II IS THE [BASKET]BALLS


by Sooze, Babes Love Baseball

So, in case you've been in a coma for the past three years (and if so, welcome back) Winona State is on the hunt for redemption.

The 37-1 Warriors -- who are known not for their 2006 Division II Championship or 57 consecutive wins, but for their 2007 Choke -- are on the comeback trail, having advanced to the NCAA Division II Championship game for the third consecutive year.

The previously unbeaten Bentley State led by as many as nine points in the first half Thursday night, but Winona State answered with an 18-11 second-half run with just under 14:00 left to play. Bentley knocked down seven more, but the Warriors countered with nine straight to take the lead and never look back.

Center John Smith led the scoring with 22 points and Jonte Flowers, little brother of Sweet 16-playing, Wisconsin Badgers guard Michael Flowers, added 20.

The 86-75 victory marked Winona State's 31st win in a row, while a win over Augusta State this Saturday would give the Warriors their second National Championship in three years.

These kids may not be in your office pool bracket, but they're fricking awesome to watch.

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