- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Augustana University has scheduled a welcome-home reception for its national champion men’s basketball team.

The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Elmen Center arena on the Sioux Falls campus.

The Vikings beat Lincoln Memorial of Tennessee 90-81 on Saturday in Frisco, Texas, to win the NCAA Division II championship.

“I really felt like we were the best team in the country, and we need to go prove it. Nothing is going to be given to us, but if we play the way we’re capable of we’re going to do something special, and we did,” senior Daniel Jansen told KELO-TV after the win.

Augustana finished the season with 15 straight wins and a program-record 34 wins. The team lost only two games all year.

“We’re always going to be champions. When we get back together years from now, we can talk about this run, this season, and all the time and effort we put in,” said Jansen, who scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the championship while playing on an injured foot. “It’s amazing.”

It is the third national team title in school history. Augustana won the Division II women’s cross country championship in 2011 and the softball title in 1991.

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