The Cal Lutheran men’s basketball team, after winning their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship, earned SCIAC’s automatic bid for the NCAA Division III National Championships in March.
In the SCIAC tournament, the Kingsmen upset No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer, 79-73, in the semifinals, and No. 3 Redlands, 69-68, in the championship game. Devon Lewis was named the most outstanding player.
The Kingsmen traveled to Glassboro, New Jersey, to compete in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000-2001. They battled Rowan University in the first round, but were outlasted in the final minutes, 83-77. Four Kingsmen scored in double figures: Devon Lewis, Brock Susko, Tommy Griffitts and Desi Burrage. In his fourth season as head coach, Russell White turned the program around.
Going 4-21 in 2019-20, the Kingsmen now have back-to-back SCIAC Tournament appearances.