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About the 2009 Division III
men's basketball tournament

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Back-to-back Bears

Wash U mencelebrate Washington University joined the ranks of repeat winners in Division III men's basketball, as the No. 2 Bears held off a rally attempt by No. 6 Richard Stockton to win the 2009 Division III men's basketball national championship, 61-52.

Tyler Nading scored 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting, while Sean Wallis had a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists in the win.

Nading made sure his teammates knew that history would not be allowed to repeat itself, as Evans Clinchy writes. The previous two national champions had lost in the following year's title game.

Richard Stockton rallied to cut a 16-point deficit to eight, but couldn't get over the hump. The Ospreys were led by Santini Lancioni's 19 points. Guilford won the third-place game, 79-67.

Wallis was named the Most Outstanding Player of the championships, with Nading and Aaron Thompson of Wash U joining him on the All-Tournament team, along with Michael Farrow of Richard Stockton, James McNally of Franklin and Marshall and Clay Henson of Guilford.

Thompson, Wallis and Tyler Sanborn were also named All-Americans in an announcement made on the pregame show for the national title game. MIT guard Jimmy Bartolotta was named the Player of the Year, while Wooster guard Justin Hallowell was named Rookie of the Year and Franklin and Marshall's Glenn Robinson the coach of the year.

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