Cornerstone loses to Union in NAIA championship

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Cornerstone huddles during a game against Aquinas on Feb. 15, 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cornerstone University fell short of winning its fourth men’s basketball national title on Tuesday night.

Cornerstone lost 72-69 to Union College (Ky.) in the NAIA Division II Championship in Point Lookout, Missouri.

The title game pitted the top two ranked NAIA Division II teams from the end of the regular season. Union was ranked No. 1 in the final poll and Cornerstone was No. 2.

This was Union’s first national championship appearance. The team won the Appalachian Athletic Conference with a perfect 20-0 conference schedule and, following their victory Tuesday, have won 33 straight games. Union’s last loss was on Nov. 8, 2016.

Cornerstone was previously undefeated in national championship games. They won their other three appearances in 1999, 2011 and 2015.

To advance to the final game of the tournament, Cornerstone beat Pacific Union, St. Francis, IU-East and Bellevue. Union defeated Aquinas, College of Idaho, Trinity International and Indiana Wesleyan.