The UNF Ospreys men’s basketball team pose together after the game and celebrate their very first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and their first trip to the NCAA tournament and March Madness. From all the predictions, it appears that the Ospreys will be the only team to represent the State of Florida in the tournament. photo: Fran Ruchalski

UNF wins the Atlantic Sun title – on to the NCAA tournament.

The University of North Florida defeated USC Upstate 63-57 to win the Atlantic Sun title and receive a bid to the NCAA tournament.

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Senior Jalen Nesbitt puts up two of his 16 points of the game. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Senior Jalen Nesbitt puts up two of his 16 points of the game.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore releases a barbaric yelp after the Ospreys stopped the Spartans from scoring again in the waning minutes of the game. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore releases a barbaric yelp after the Ospreys stopped the Spartans from scoring again in the waning minutes of the game.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Junior Trent Mackey goes up to pass using a sky hook in the second half. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Junior Trent Mackey goes up to pass using a sky hook in the second half.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Chris Davenport pulls down one of his game high 10 rebounds. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Chris Davenport pulls down one of his game high 10 rebounds.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
As he does at every home game in response to the question in the song, “Turn down for what?” UNF freshman band member Stephen Putnam goes into his crazy dance for the fans. This time he became an instant social media hit as ESPN broadcast his “performance”. photo: Fran Ruchalski
As he does at every home game in response to the question in the song, “Turn down for what?” UNF freshman band member Stephen Putnam goes into his crazy dance for the fans. This time he became an instant social media hit as ESPN broadcast his “performance”.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Demarcus Daniels attempts to drive around a USC Upstate player and go on to the basket. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Demarcus Daniels attempts to drive around a USC Upstate player and go on to the basket.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Demarcus Daniels and Chris Davenport bring down a defensive rebound. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Demarcus Daniels and Chris Davenport bring down a defensive rebound.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore finishes a breakaway with two points that gave the Ospreys their first lead. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore finishes a breakaway with two points that gave the Ospreys their first lead.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Jalen Nesbitt drives past USC Upstate’s Ty Greene in an attempt to reach the basket in the first half. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Jalen Nesbitt drives past USC Upstate’s Ty Greene in an attempt to reach the basket in the first half.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Coach Driscoll with his wife Carrie holds the net above his head after cutting it from the basket. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Coach Driscoll with his wife Carrie holds the net above his head after cutting it from the basket.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore hoists the championship trophy above his head while he’s surrounded by his teammates. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Dallas Moore hoists the championship trophy above his head while he’s surrounded by his teammates.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
The UNF Ospreys men’s basketball team pose together after the game and celebrate their very first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and their first trip to the NCAA tournament and March Madness. From all the predictions, it appears that the Ospreys will be the only team to represent the State of Florida in the tournament. photo: Fran Ruchalski
The UNF Ospreys men’s basketball team pose together after the game and celebrate their very first Atlantic Sun Conference Championship and their first trip to the NCAA tournament and March Madness. From all the predictions, it appears that the Ospreys will be the only team to represent the State of Florida in the tournament.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Osprey fans flocked to the UNF Arena for the championship game on Sunday. They brought signs and rocked the building throughout the game. The game was sold out and a new record was set for attendance at an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship game. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Osprey fans flocked to the UNF Arena for the championship game on Sunday. They brought signs and rocked the building throughout the game. The game was sold out and a new record was set for attendance at an Atlantic Sun Conference Championship game.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Jalen Nesbitt takes one to the net in the second half. He ended the game with a total of 16 points. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Jalen Nesbitt takes one to the net in the second half. He ended the game with a total of 16 points.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Chris Davenport drives through a USC Upstate player to put up a shot. Davenport had a total of 8 points in the game in addition to 10 rebounds. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Chris Davenport drives through a USC Upstate player to put up a shot. Davenport had a total of 8 points in the game in addition to 10 rebounds.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Dallas Moore lays up one of his 13 points. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Sophomore Dallas Moore lays up one of his 13 points.
photo: Fran Ruchalski

 

Senior Jalen Nesbitt puts up two of his 16 points of the game. photo: Fran Ruchalski
Senior Jalen Nesbitt puts up two of his 16 points of the game.
photo: Fran Ruchalski
photo: Fran Ruchalski
photo: Fran Ruchalski
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The Ospreys are heading to the Big Dance after the best season in UNF men’s basketball team history! UNF took the regular season Atlantic Sun Conference crown  defending home court throughout the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. North Florida vanquished Stetson, Lipscomb and USC Upstate on their way to claiming the Atlantic Sun Championship, and they’re ready to compete in the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. The road to March Madness started earlier this season after UNF beat Purdue and showed they can compete with any team in the country.

All photos by Fran Ruchalski.

About Fran Ruchalski

I like to make lots of images that people really want to see. From news to concerts to sports to performances to events to portraits, I love it all.

april, 2022

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