SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Crossroads League is once again the king of the NAIA Division II men’s basketball world.

The Spring Arbor University Cougars, led by former Warsaw Tigers standout Paul Marandet, beat Oregon Tech 82-76 Tuesday night in the championship game of the 32-team tournament, which was held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Marandet, a junior at Spring Arbor, finished Tuesday’s game with 16 points and five assists.

In five games in the tournament, Marandet was 33 of 51 from the field overall and tallied 81 points, 36 assists and 18 rebounds en route to MVP honors.

It was the first time Spring Arbor had ever played in the NAIA national championship game.

The Cougars were last in the elite eight in 1997.

Spring Arbor’s championship gave the 10-team Crossroads League its third men’s basketball national title in the past four seasons, and its fifth since 2010.

St. Francis won the national title in 2010, while Indiana Wesleyan cut the nets down in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

Indiana Wesleyan’s title run a year ago was led by 2017 Warsaw grad and national tourney MVP Kyle Mangas.

In the last 15 years, seven of the 10 teams in the Crossroads League, including Grace College in 2013, have advanced to the final four of the NAIA Division II?National Tournament.

Spring Arbor finished the season with a record of 30-7.