Kingsmen Basketball win program’s first SCIAC Tournament Title


Yousef Manna, Sports Editor

The California Lutheran University Kingsmen basketball team made program history as they defeated Redlands 69-68 to win the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship for the first time.  

This was Cal Lutheran’s ninth appearance in the SCIAC Tournament, which features the top four teams in the SCIAC standings. 

In the semifinals of the tournament, the Kingsmen beat No.1 seeded Pomona-Pitzer, who they had not beaten since the 2016-17 season, before making their way to Redlands for the championship game on Saturday, Feb. 25. 

Junior Devon Lewis scored 29 points in the final, awarding him Men’s Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, before junior Tommy Griffitts scored a layup with two seconds remaining to claim the Kingsmen’s first SCIAC Tournament victory.

Cal Lutheran will represent the SCIAC in the National Collegiate Athletic Association D-III Championship and will travel to New Jersey where they will face New Jersey Athletic Conference champions Rowan University in the first round on Friday, March 3.

The Kingsmen will look to create more history as they aim to win the NCAA Championship for the first time.