Top-ranked College of Idaho will meet Indiana Tech in NAIA championship game

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The College of Idaho has won 35 straight games this season, but the Yotes never came this close to losing.

The top-ranked Yotes escaped with a 73-72 win over upstart Ottawa (Arizona) on Friday night in the semifinals of the 85th NAIA Men’s Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium.

This one wasn’t decided until Ottawa’s Josiah De’laCerda retrieved his deflected, potential game-tying three-point shot and swished a follow. But De’laCerda was actually in front of the three-point line, leaving the Spirit one point short.

The Yotes, 35-1, have not lost since their season opener against Arizona Christian, a quarterfinalist in this tournament.

The Yotes will meet Indiana Tech, like College of Idaho, a longtime member of the former Division II level, in the title game at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

“None of our games have been as tough as this one, not even our loss to Arizona Christian,” said a relieved College o...

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