SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Spring Arbor University guard Paul Marandet continued his efficient play Monday night and led the Cougars to the NAIA Division II men’s basketball national championship game for the first time in program history.

Marandet, a 2016 Warsaw Community High School grad and three-year starter for the Tigers, was 4 of 5 from the field and scored 10 points to go along with five assists in the Cougars’ 66-50 semifinal win over Crossroads League rival Marian University.

Spring Arbor improved to 29-7 and advanced to tonight’s championship game against Oregon Tech (28-8), a 93-81 winner over College of Idaho in Monday’s first semifinal game.

In four national tourney games, Marandet is 26 of 38 from the field and his statline includes 65 points, 31 assists and 15 rebounds.

Defense is what won Monday’s game for the Cougars, who held Marian to a season-low 50 points. Marian had scored 105 points in its quarterfinal win Saturday.

Spring Arbor’s run to the title tilt marks the second straight year a former Warsaw Tiger standout played in the NAIA Division II?championship game.

Last year, Kyle Mangas – a 2017 Warsaw grad – led Indiana Wesleyan to the national championship and was named the tournament’s MVP.