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Fans welcome home the Bellarmine Knights after a championship win

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fans packed Knights Hall at Bellarmine University Sunday morning to welcome home the NCAA men's Division II National Champions. The Knights beat BYU-Hawaii 71-68 Saturday afternoon in the championship game played in Springfield, MA. It was the first time both teams made it to the finals.

Around 10 a.m., Metro Police officers escorted the team on campus where they were greeted by many fans who wanted autographs, pictures, or wanted to cheer for the players.

"The experience with these guys, 'man it's been tremendous. We put a lot of hard work into it. These guys are like my brothers. We … we'll be talking {about} this {for} 10, 20, 30 years," one player told the crowd.

"I've not slept," said Scott Davenport, the Knights head coach. "The reason, 'cause I'm afraid I'm going to wake up."

Fans described the team as humble, saying they deserved the win. Fans also said they were able to win it all because of the support they received from fans.

"Thank you for all the support. We wouldn't be here without fans like you guys," players said.

Mayor Greg Fischer said he plans to host a city-wide celebration for the team. The details are still being worked out, but the tentative date is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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