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SO CLOSE: Lights rallied to nearly reach the NAIA's Big Dance


April 28, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Cedric Crutchfield and the Montana State University-Northern Lights made a big, late-season push, which nearly landed them in the NAIA national tournament. Still, Northern had a tremendous season, including reaching the Frontier Conference semifinals.

Coming up short in a season hits hard for any team, but it hurts even more when there is a lot of hard work and big wins that boost a team forward in the later half of a season. On top of that, doing well like that is even tougher when the conference is loaded with talent and strength.

This was the case for the Montana State University-Northern men's basketball team this past season. The Lights finished off the year at No. 33 in the NAIA Coaches Poll, just missing the 2020 NAIA National Tournament, even if it was canceled later on due to the COVID-19 concern. Northern ended the season wit...

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