Mount Vernon Nazarene set to defend NCCAA title

Special to The State Journal Published:

The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's basketball team will be coming to Frankfort as the defending NCCAA national champion.

The Cougars enter the tournament, being played Thursday through Saturday at the Civic Center, as the seventh seed with an 18-12 overall record.

MVNU is led by senior guard Phil Argento, the NCCAA's leading scorer and a Player of the Year candidate who averages 22.4 points per game and has made 135 three-pointers.

Argento became the Cougars' career scoring leader this season with 2,270 points and counting, and he currently ranks eighth in the history of college basketball with 451 career three-pointers made.

Sophomore center Anthony Delimpo averages 12.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for MVNU while shooting 60.5 percent from the field. Junior guard Andy Dunn contributes 11.6 points per game with a team-high 120 assists and 89 treys, while senior forward Brad Moser, a member of last year's NCCAA all-national tournament team, adds 10.7 points per game with a team-high 54 steals. Senior forward Konrod Morris also chips in 9.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

The Cougars will take on second-seeded Christian Heritage (Calif.) College in the first round of the tournament Thursday at 8 p.m. It is the last game of the day.

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