EVANSVILLE, Indiana (KFDA) - The West Texas A&M Buffs men’s basketball team made program history, advancing to their first NCAA DII championship game ever thanks to Zach Toussaint hitting his only 3-pointer of the game at the buzzer. The Buffs took down Lincoln Memoria 87-86 in the Final Four. WT struggled with their bread and butter three-point buckets, only shooting 35 percent from deep, but that didn’t shake their confidence.
“We’ve got some guys that can make some big plays. I think they have confidence in themselves and I think the most important thing is they have confidence in their teammates. Zach was getting picked on a little bit and getting beat back door, but they never gave up on him,” said Brown. “They’ll get after him a little bit, but then they’ll move on. That’s what’s great about this team.”
The historic Buffs squad is now 1-1 in DII Final Four appearances, losing their first game in 2018. Last season, 2020, WT had a great chance at landing in the championship, but COVID-19 shutdown their season. Under Head Coach Tom Brown’s tenure, WT is now 13-3 all-time in the NCAA DII tournament.
WT fans celebrated from Canyon, cheering on the Buffs at the First United Bank Center watch party. A huge accomplishment for the Buff’s men’s basketball program.
”That’s my dogs, that’s crazy. That’s my dogs. I know they wanted that bad. That’s crazy,” said WT football player Glen Mbaku. “That’s good. That’s good for us.”
“These guys have worked really hard to get where they are right now, and I’m proud of them,” said WT Video Production team member Emma McReynolds. “These are tears of joy. That’s for sure.”
The NCAA DII Championship game between WT and Northwest Missouri State is set for Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. on CBS NewsChannel 10.