1986-87 North Park College Men’s Team
Year Inducted: 2016
Schools / Organizations: North Park College
Biography: From 1978 to 1987, North Park College won five national titles in eight years. What is more impressive is that the Vikings claimed 62% of the NCAA Division III National Championships in that time frame and won 84% of their tournament games, sporting an eight year record of 26-5 in the post season. This squad finished the year with a 28-3 record and one of the most dominating performances in an NCAA title game in history. Although the final score was a 106-100 triumph over Clark College, the Vikings shot nearly 60% in the first half and raced to a 25 point lead at halftime. The memorable performance was led by Michael Starks who scored 13 of his 23 points in the first half as North Park built a 29-9 lead after falling ehind early 5-4. Seven first half rebounds from Dan Mulkerin–who finished the year as the CCIW’s top rebounder–and 11 ponts from Mike Barach highlighted the championship performance. As a team, North Park totaled 14 conference victories and earned their second conference title in three seasons while Coach Djurkovic earned 20 or more victories in his first three campaigns hallmarking a run in Division III college basketball that hasn’t been seen since and may not be seen again.
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