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Williams gives NE first title

By Jared Rosenbaum,
Drew DeMuth, Michael Crotty and Tim Folan hold the Walnut and Bronze.
Tim Folan was the most outstanding player of the final 90 seconds as he scored five of the last six points, got an offensive rebound of a missed free throw, hit the game-winning free throws and stole a three-quarters court pass as Williams defeated Gustavus Adolphus 67-65. The conclusion, from Pat Coleman and Pat Cummings for D3hoopsNet. Plus, view our updated Salem photo gallery.

It's the first national championship for the Northeast region and the first for Williams in three trips to Salem.

Williams (31-1) took its first lead with 48 seconds remaining, battling back from a eight-point second-half deficit and finishing the game on a 12-2 run.

Folan sparked the run with a pair of free throws and a fast-break layup to cut the Gusties' lead to 63-60. Benjamin Coffin hit one of two foul shots to make it a one point game, then Folan added a 3-pointer from the near win to give Williams a 64-63 lead.

Derek Nelson's layup gave Gustavus (26-7) a 65-64 lead, but Coffin answered with one free throw to tie the game with 4.6 seconds left, then Folan rebounded Coffin's miss and drew a touch foul, hitting both free throws. Folan clinched the game by stealing the long inbounds pass and throwing it to the ceiling, and was mobbed on the baseline in celebration. The full story.

2003 NCAA men's tournament coverage

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Selection Sunday Q&A

Tournament preview
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First-round game stories
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Sweet 16 game stories
Elite Eight game stories
National semifinals
Championship game
Road to Salem feature: Wooster
Road to Salem feature: Hampden-Sydney

Waiting to celebrate

Photo by Jared Rosenbaum,
Who knows if Williams has gotten it all out of its system?

After more than a week since the Ephs won their first national title, there's been no reception, no pep rally and no team party on campus.

Why? Williams is still on spring break, and will be through the first week of April. Meanwhile, the program is left to ponder a pile of memories from a great weekend in Salem.

That, plus we remind the NCAA committee that it can speak for itself, plus the highlights and lowlights of the 2003 men's Final Four.

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